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  • Dr. Liz Homan

Chiropractic & Pregnancy- List of Research Topics!

Wow! What a beautiful spring we have been having! I hope that you have all been enjoying it as much as our family has been!


I want to talk about birth a bit today! Maggie turns 2 this next week and I am so grateful that I was fully supported through all of my births but I had to do the research and seek out professionals that supported me in the way that I desired!


 But, there is one key thing that I feel is most important in any women’s birth, and that is:


Whether childbirth is natural, medicated or surgical, a woman deserves to be emotionally at peace with her birth all her life!


This is what I want for all of my moms and am so grateful I have been able to obtain. 

The question though is “how do we achieve this?”


I really feel that in order to achieve this, we need to be educated on the choices that we may have to make during labor and birth and what our desired outcomes are.


I want to share some topics for you to look more into so that when things come up, you have done your own research on the topic and can make the decision for yourself. If I would give you the information, your choices would be based off my views and not on your own research.


So here they are:

·         Water birth

·         Doula support

·         Eye ointment

·         Effects of Pitocin

·         Delayed Cord Clamping

·         Vacuum Extraction

·         Placenta Encapsulation

·         Newborn Stomach Size

·         Safe Co-Sleeping/Demographics of those affected by SIDS

·         Rate of Cesarean

·         Skin to Skin

·         Baby Mapping

·         Chiropractic Care- during pregnancy, postpartum and for baby

 

What I am going to do is inform you more on the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy and for baby, as this is my area of expertise.


So why is chiropractic care important during pregnancy? A properly functioning spine and nervous system is an important part of life, especially while pregnant. The changes that the body undertakes during pregnancy can be very noticeable but there are also subtle changes in the musculoskeletal system.

 

These changes can be detected and corrected by a chiropractor who knows what to look for!


The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift, and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain.


The increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated and since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones may lead to complications during pregnancy.


Another key is that during pregnancy your nerve impulses need to flow properly from your brain to all parts of your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra (subluxation), can create nerve irritation, which can and will interfere with your body’s communication system. With specific chiropractic care, the function of your nervous system can be restored, improving your overall wellness and increasing your comfort during pregnancy and delivery.

In fact, research has proven that:


· 84% of pregnant women under chiropractic care received profound relief from low back pain

· Women who receive regular chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verse the “generally accepted average labor time.” With women who had given birth previously, the number rose to 33% reduction in time.

·  Postpartum pain was relieved in 90 of 120 moms that received regular chiropractic care.

 

More than just treating low back pain, many mothers have recognized that chiropractic care plays a vital role in a healthy pregnancy resulting in them having decreased morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times, and increased an overall sense of well-being. Don’t you want to experience these benefits during your pregnancy?


If you know of someone who is pregnant that would benefit from this information, I would be so grateful if you would share it with them! And if they live in the Columbus area, I would love the referral, and if they do not, please let me know and I would be happy to help them find a chiropractor in their area!


Enjoy the sunshine and remember, you are strong and you can stand up for what is important in your life!

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