Myerowitz Chiropractic Center

Chiropractic and Pregnancy

 

How does chiropractic care help the pregnant woman?

 

Because of the additional weight and stress on the framework of the body in pregnant women, chiropractic adjustments can help lower the incidence of pain in the low back and legs, and between the shoulder blades. In some cases, fewer headaches and problems with nausea and elimination may also result. Many chiropractors care for expectant mothers in the regular course of their daily practices.

 

Most importantly is that chiropractic helps the expecting mother by improving nerve system function.  Chiropractic has been based for over 100 years on correcting interference to the nervous system known as subluxations.  With a properly functioning nerve system free of subluxations it is easy to see how many aspects of this important time for an expectant mother will be made easier.  Many women rely on chiropractic care as a regular part of their pre-natal routine.

 

  • Chiropractic in the 9th Month of Pregnancy

    The 9th Month. William Sears, MD, Martha Sears, RN. Parenting, June/July 1997.

     

    "As your baby descends into your pelvic cavity, you may feel sharp, stabbing pains at the base of your spine or in the middle of your pelvic bone, making it uncomfortable twinges of "pains and needles" in the cervix itself. Pain may radiate down your back or thighs. The increased pelvic aches and pains are likely due to the relaxation and stretching of your pelvic ligaments in preparation for labor. You can ease these discomforts by changing positions. Exercise gently each day; take long, slow walks or ride a stationary bike. If you cannot exercise without pain, consult your doctor. He or she may be able to recommend a chiropractor experienced in working on pregnant bodies, who may be able to give you some gentle pelvic adjustments to get your hips back in the balance. It is our personal theory that chiropractic care in pregnancy can held to avoid or relive back pain and also prepare your back and pelvic structures for the stresses of labor and delivery.

     

  • Caesarian Under Fire

    Researchers report that half of all C-section deliveries needlessly risk the mother’s life or health without benefit to the baby.

     

    Today the C-section rate averages one in four births, and at some hospitals the C-section rate is above 50 percent. Studies indicate that the babies fare just as well in areas where the rate is below 20 percent as they do in areas where the rate is higher.

     

    An analysis published in the Journal Obstetrics and Gynecology revealed that 36 percent of C-sections are now done because the woman had a previous caesarean. As many as 95 percent of the women who have had a C-section and are having another child have a second C-section, despite studies that have shown at least half could safely deliver vaginally.

     

    C-section is major surgery that places the mother at 2-4 times the risk of dying in childbirth than if she delivers vaginally. Most likely complications included infection (which occurs in 40-70 percent of C-sections), hemorrhage, blood clots, and injury to the bladder or intestines. The baby can also be endangered by a C-section scheduled in advance of labor because mistakes are commonly made about the due date, which often results in the delivery of a premature baby. Preliminary studies also suggest that babies delivered by C-section may miss the action of certain hormones and other substances released during labor that help prepare the baby for life outside the womb.

     

    For the optimum delivery it is wise for the expectant mother to be under Chiropractic care during the pregnancy. This allows the structures to be in alignment so that the baby can be delivered naturally.

     

  • Is an Epidural Bad for a Newborn?

    Parenting Magazine, August 1997

     

    An epidural can turn a terrible labor into a tolerable one. Yet a new study suggests this procedure (numbing the area from the waist down enough to alleviate pain but not interfere with pushing) may not be without drawbacks. It’s not that epidurals harm the baby but simply that some women who have them develop a fever during delivery, which signals that their newborns may be ill. After undergoing `testing and treatment, however, the majority of such infants turn out to be infection free.

     

    Researchers at Boston’s Brigham ad Women’s Hospital studied the medical records of more than 1,600 women who had uncomplicated, normal childbirths. Among the findings: 15 percent of those who had epidurals developed a fever, raising a red flag about their infants’ health; only 1 percent of new moms who had other forms of pain relief or none at all had fevers.  

     

    Newborns with infections rarely develop obvious symptoms (such as a temperature rise), so maternal fever is one of the few signs that a newborn may be ill. And an infection that’s harmless to a new mom, if untreated, can be fatal to her newborn. Some doctors, erring on the side of caution, draw blood from these babies for testing and give them shots of antibiotics, which often prolongs their hospital stay up to three days -–only to find that most are perfectly healthy. In the study, 86 percent of the babies who were tested for infection and 87 percent of those who received antibiotics were born to moms who had epidurals. But of those tested less than 1 percent were actually ill.

     

    This puts expectant moms in a quandary; whether to go for the Epidural or to pass on the one pain alleviator that will allow them to experience the ecstasy of childbirth without the agony. Experts caution against forgoing a n epidural solely for this reason, however, because a new mom’s temperature may rise even without it. "if a woman labors in a heated birthing room for many hours, the physical effort alone may result in a slight fever," "says David Birnbach, M.D., director of obstetric anesthesiology at St. Luke’s – Roosevelt Hospital in New York.

     

    Besides, experts agree that epidurals are the best labor-pain relief available. So that expectant women won’t have to factor in the possibility of a fever when considering an epidural, researchers hope to find ways other that a mother’s temperature to determine whether a newborn has an infection.

     

    Meanwhile, if you’re expecting, your doctor should go over all the pros and cons of having an epidural so that when the time comes you’ll be prepared to make the choice that is best for you.

     

 

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