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Chi­ro­prac­tic Care for Preg­nancy

Preg­nancy Today” mag­a­zine describes them­selves as “the jour­nal for par­ents to be”. On June 13, 2004 they ran a story writ­ten by Patti Lar­son a mother and author, about her expe­ri­ences while being preg­nant and the help she received with Chi­ro­prac­tic care. She began the story by explain­ing the emo­tions she and her hus­band expe­ri­enced when she found out for sure she was pregnant.

As a woman in her mid-​30s hav­ing her first baby, she described her con­cerns and ques­tions by ask­ing, “When will morn­ing sick­ness start? How long will I be able to work? Will I make it through deliv­ery with lit­tle pain and swear­ing?” She also noted that her diet and sleep habits were good, but although she had great inten­tions, her exer­cise régime was less than desirable.

She did how­ever, men­tion the one thing she saw as a big fac­tor in help­ing her. “What ulti­mately saved me from suf­fer­ing undue tired­ness, aches and stress from my bal­loon­ing body shape and shift­ing hor­mones was chi­ro­prac­tic care.” She con­tin­ued, “I already made reg­u­lar vis­its to my chi­ro­prac­tor prior to preg­nancy, so it seemed nat­ural to con­tinue. My chi­ro­prac­tor rec­om­mended I con­tinue with weekly vis­its, adding that I should come in more often if I felt I needed it.”

Dr. Jeff Ptak, her chi­ro­prac­tor in Santa Mon­ica, Calif., explained why chi­ro­prac­tic care made such a pos­i­tive dif­fer­ence, dur­ing her preg­nancy. “Chi­ro­prac­tic care addresses the func­tion­ing ner­vous sys­tem,” he said. “When the ner­vous sys­tem is not unduly stressed from envi­ron­men­tal fac­tors phys­i­cal, emo­tional or chem­i­cal stress the body will work accord­ing to its unique genetic plan. A stress­ful birth will stress all par­ties involved and remain until the ner­vous sys­tem stress is cleared. Chi­ro­prac­tic, by allow­ing the body to han­dle stress, helps expect­ing moth­ers, new moth­ers and their new­born chil­dren han­dle life with greater ease.”

Leslie Stew­art, a cer­ti­fied nurse-​midwife also agrees. “Chi­ro­prac­tic care can actu­ally help with labor. Some women who run past their due date have used treat­ment to help start labor, rather than hav­ing a hos­pi­tal induce them.”

The arti­cle author, Patti Lar­son, noted that she not only con­tin­ued care through her preg­nancy, but also after the birth of her daugh­ter Made­line. She con­cluded the arti­cle by say­ing, “Made­line received reg­u­lar adjust­ments her sec­ond week after enter­ing the world. She never had colic, ear infec­tions, colds or any symp­toms of sick­ness through­out her first 12 months of life when chil­dren are often most sus­cep­ti­ble. Some peo­ple cringe when I tell them she sees a chi­ro­prac­tor, yet every­one agrees that she is one of the most alert, active babies they have ever seen. Some say I’m lucky, but I tell them it’s really very sim­ple just stay well adjusted!”

Ran­dom Article

More peo­ple are vis­it­ing and pay­ing for their care to go to chi­ro­prac­tors. This from a May 16, 2000 WebMD arti­cle report­ing on a

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