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Prenatal and Postpartum Chiropractic

Chiropractic care during pregnancy and after birth is vital to the normal physiological function of both the mother and the baby. Birth providers are recognizing the vast benefits associated with chiropractic care during pregnancy and the postpartum period. Chiropractic care is safe and effective for moms-to-be throughout every stage of pregnancy.

What Are Some Benefits

Chiropractic care during pregnancy has many benefits:

  • Alleviates back pain, hip pain, headaches and other types of discomfort
  • Promotes optimal fetal positioning
  • Decreases labor time
  • Reduces the likelihood of a C-section

Care You Can Trust

At Roots Chiropractic, we encourage all pregnant women to seek out Webster-certified chiropractors to ensure they are receiving the best care during their pregnancies. Dr. Shadley is Webster Technique certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and her goal is to provide every pregnant woman with the highest quality care to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

As a prenatal chiropractor, Dr. Shadley is also a certified BIRTHFIT Leader, and she enjoys empowering women to have the birth experience that they want, educating women about their birth options, as well as providing them with the tools to enjoy a healthy pregnancy and an easier postpartum recovery. BIRTHFIT is an organization that focuses on supporting parents, specifically mothers, through the parenthood transitions.

The Webster Technique is focused on pelvic balance and pelvic alignment. It’s a sacral analysis that includes a lot of work with the surrounding soft tissue, like the muscles and ligaments that attach to the uterus. With this method, our objective is to balance the pelvis so that Mom can be much more comfortable. This technique also helps to create optimal space for Baby to get into the best position for birth.

For moms-to-be, we have tables with an open supported abdominal section, so that you can be adjusted comfortably. We may also incorporate the use of pregnancy pillows, which allow you to lie on your belly to better aid in your relaxation. Many women find that seeking chiropractic care during pregnancy can lead to an easier birth, decreased labor times, and lowered rates of cesarean section, as well as less pelvic, hip and back pain.

After giving birth, you’ll want to get your body back to its pre-pregnancy state. Our goal is to take care of the mom so that she can take care of her baby. And we want to make sure that everything in your spine and pelvis is lined up appropriately. We’ll provide you with safe exercises you can do that focus on recovery of your core and pelvic floor.

Will adjustments make my spine too loose?

No. Only the spinal joints that are “locked up” receive adjustments. This allows weakened muscles and ligaments to stabilize and heal.
Will my medical doctor approve?

First, you don’t need anyone’s approval to seek a chiropractic opinion about health issues affecting you and your child! The judgment of another health care expert is always helpful in the decision-making process. Medical practitioners keeping up with the latest pediatric chiropractic research are starting to understand the value of this natural, drug-free approach to better health.
What does my spine have to do with my baby?

Pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care! While it’s always good to have an optimally functioning nervous system, it’s especially helpful now. Both mother and baby can benefit. Adjusting methods are adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition. During this period of weight gain and hormonal changes, many mothers seek chiropractic care. Some report shorter and easier births.
At what point during my pregnancy should I come in for care?

We like to say the earlier the better, particularly if you are experiencing discomfort.
By beginning care early in your pregnancy we’ll have more time to address any underlying issues that are going on. But even if you come in at 35 or 36 weeks, for example, you can benefit from our chiropractic care.
Should I seek care before trying to become pregnant?

Yes, even prior to conception, chiropractic can help your body prepare for pregnancy. We also can look at your nutrition and physical activity to make sure we’re doing all the right things to help that process and ensure that your body’s in a good state for pregnancy.

A Practice Member Success Story

A mom who had a very traumatic first birth that ended in a cesarean decided to opt for chiropractic care during her second pregnancy to help facilitate a VBAC. We helped her find a more supportive provider, and she ended up having a completely unmedicated VBAC with midwives. We were grateful to be a part of her birth team that helped her achieve her goal of having a successful VBAC.

Book an Appointment

Experience the happy and healthy pregnancy you deserve. Contact our Mt Lebanon practice today to schedule an appointment.

Pregnancy Chiropractor Mt Lebanon PA | (412) 502-2297