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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 parent 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 throughout every stage of pregnancy and postpartum recovery.

What Are Some Benefits

Chiropractic care during pregnancy has many benefits:

  • Alleviates back, hip, & round ligament pain, as well as headaches and other types of discomfort
  • Promotes optimal fetal positioning
  • Decreases labor time
  • Reduces the likelihood of a C-section & supports VBAC

Care You Can Trust

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

As a prenatal chiropractor, Dr. Shadley is also a certified BIRTHFIT Leader as well as Perinatal Certified by the ICPA. She enjoys empowering people to have the birth experience that they want, educating people 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 through the parenthood transition.

The Webster Technique is focused on pelvic balance and pelvic alignment. It’s a sacral analysis that includes working on 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 you can be much more comfortable. This technique also helps to create optimal space for Baby to get into the best position for birth.

To accommodate growing bellies, we have tables with an open supported abdominal section so that you can be adjusted comfortably. We also incorporate the use of pregnancy pillows, which allow you to lie on your belly to better aid in your relaxation. Many people 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 focus on recovering and healing your body. Our goal is to take care of you so that you can take care of your new baby. We want to make sure that after the marathon event that you’ve endured, everything in your spine and pelvis is lined up appropriately to allow for a smoother healing process. We’ll also slowly incorporate postpartum exercises that focus on the 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?

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 prenatal, postpartum, and 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 the mom and baby can benefit. It’s a common misconception that pregnancy has to be uncomfortable — let us help you feel great during your pregnancy and prepare your body for birth.
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

 “Wow. I cannot recommend Roots Chiropractic enough. I started seeing Dr. Shadley (who is is Webster-certified) for prenatal sessions to help me with long-standing back issues that contributed to a difficult labor and delivery with my first child. I saw her for about 6 weeks and completely credit her for being able to have my 2nd baby unmedicated at a birthing center. My pelvis and sacrum were finally in alignment and I was able to have the childbirth I had dreamed of.” – LeeAnn M.

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