Updated: Nov 26, 2021
How Can Chiropractic Care Help You And Your Baby?
The journey from womb to earth-side is the hardest one that anyone will take, regardless of your birth path. Chiropractic work prenatally, postnatally, and for baby can help to regulate everything from back pain to reflux to breastfeeding.
Chiropractic work starting during pregnancy can help to align your body and prepare you for labor and birth by helping to open the pelvis and create more space for baby to maneuver their way through the birth canal. During your postpartum period, chiropractic work can help with any residual soreness following birth and any neck or shoulder tightness that may arise after long hours of feeding and holding your baby.
For baby, chiropractic care can help for a variety of problems. When your baby is being born, no matter what path that may be, their cranial bones are compressed to fit through your pelvis. This can cause pressure on the cranial nerves that lead directly to the mouth and can affect sucking. If you are experiencing pain during breastfeeding or your baby is struggling at the bottle, gentle pressure from chiropractic care can help to move cranial bones back into place and improve sucking. Chiropractic care is also a great way to help with reflux and constipation. Much like the way cranial bones compress nerves, vertebrae in the spine can become compressed which leads to pressure on the nerves that lead from the spine to specific organs such as the stomach or intestines. Helping these vertebrae move back into place can help solve the issues of reflux or constipation. These gentle techniques are usually very relaxing for your baby and you may notice better sleep after an adjustment.