originally posted on BIRTHFIT.com
In just nine months, a woman carries and provides for the creation of new life. The most complex system on the planet is formed without any help from the outside world. Constantly changing from the moment of conception, a woman’s body can be supported by gentle chiropractic adjustments to better integrate the experience of this process.
Why do I need a chiropractor during pregnancy?
Having a neuro-spinal system that is clear and connected creates the optimal environment for a comfortable and healthy pregnancy. A freely open nervous system allows your body to optimize position, grow, and connect with the newest member of your family. Visiting a prenatal chiropractor during pregnancy can help:
shorten labor times
provide more room for baby to grow and move freely
improve energy levels
facilitate a more comfortable pregnancy
lead to fewer interventions during labor and birth
Whether you are experiencing discomfort, are looking for ways to improve your immune system, or just want to ensure optimal labor positioning, a prenatal chiropractor may be the perfect solution for you.
What to look for in a prenatal chiropractor?
When building your “ideal” birth team, a prenatal chiropractor is becoming more common to add. Not all chiropractors are trained the same, so finding the “right” prenatal chiropractor for you and your family is important. There are chiropractors that specialize in and have received additional training to work with pregnant women. A good place to start your search is to visit the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and look for a “Webster Certified” chiropractor. Webster certified chiropractors are properly trained by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association to help serve families.
Along with finding a Webster Certified Chiropractor through the ICPA, finding a BIRTHFIT certified Professional will ensure you have the best possible chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum transition. BIRTHFIT Professionals are trained in the BIRTHFIT philosophy and movement principles based on Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization in order to support your body during pregnancy and through the motherhood transition. Working with a BIRTHFIT Professional not only means that you will be in great hands, but you will be supported by someone who believes in the power of fitness, nutrition, chiropractic and mindset to prepare you for your little one.
What to ask when interviewing a Prenatal Chiropractor to be apart of your birth team?
Just like finding your OB/GYN, midwife, doula, or any other birth team provider, interviewing a prenatal chiropractor is a must! You should not only feel comfortable with talking to your chiropractor, but feel like you are in the right space once you walk in their office doors. A few common questions you may ask when finding a provider:
Are you Webster certified? Any additional certifications or trainings?
What type of patients do you normally see? (This is a great question to not only ask, but observe the person in their office. Is their office filled with families?)
What is your recommended care schedule?
Do you offer home visits or birthing center visits during pregnancy?
Are you able to check my little one once I give birth?
What type of care ( do they offer taping/breathwork/mobilization) do you support your pregnant moms with?
Not only should you be asking questions about their office, but observe their office space when you walk in. Is there a kids’ playroom? Do they have families waiting in the lobby? Are there prenatal education posters on their walls? Do you feel comfortable in their space? Your mama instinct will know right away if you are in the right place!
At Free Spirit Chiropractic, Dr. Lacey and Dr. Colten are both Webster certified, ICPA members, and have extensive training through BIRTHFIT. If you are in the Tulsa area, we would love to empower you through your pregnancy!
Love + light,
Dr. Lacey Wilson
Regional Director for BIRTHFIT Tulsa