As a prenatal chiropractor, I believe that the work I do with pregnant women helps to support the mama-baby bond. As I provide a chiropractic adjustment to a pregnant woman, the adjustment brings ease, balance, and better function to the mama. This ease and balance is transferred to and felt by the growing baby. Ease in mom’s body helps to create ease in the womb which helps support the developing mother-infant bond.
When my husband and I made the decision to consciously conceive, we made several choices to prepare my body to become a womb/home for the little being that decided to come earth side. Mentally, I was very ready to be a mom. I had some work to do physically. I was so committed to the process of preparation because I knew that the choices I made during pre-conception, conception and pregnancy would have an impact on my health, the health of my child and the bond that was developing between us. The things I did for myself are the same things I recommend for my pregnant clients.
To support my health I chose, prenatal chiropractic care, massage, herbal supplementation, exercise, good nutrition, and a birth provider that honored my philosophies around the human body and the natural process of birth. Taking care of yourself is one of the best things you can do to build a secure bond between you and your baby. When you feel good, your baby feels good. It is so, so critical to do the things you need to do to support yourself as your body does the amazing work of growing another human being.
One of the staples of my self-care plan during pregnancy was prenatal chiropractic care. As a prenatal chiropractor, certified in the Webster Technique, my focus is on the function and balance of the nervous system. I focus on the nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) because it is the master controller and regulator of all body function. I use the spine as a window into the function of the nervous system. With pregnant women, I pay particular attention to the alignment of her pelvis. I do this because there is a relationship of the alignment of her pelvis and uterine function due to the many ligamentous attachments of the uterus to the pelvis. When the pelvis is out of alignment, we call this a subluxation. A subluxation of the pelvis can create unequal tone of the uterine ligaments which can affect the position of the uterus which can in turn affect the position of the baby. Additionally if the pelvis is out of alignment, there can be pressure on the nerves that supply the uterus potentially creating less than optimal uterine function. My job as a prenatal chiropractor is to check the spine and pelvis for subluxations and adjust the subluxations. When I remove subluxations, there is less tension in the body, a better brain body communication and the body functions better.
Pregnant women come to my practice for different reasons. Some come because of an issue of discomfort such as low back pain, pubic symphysis pain, pelvic pain, and headaches. Some come because they did not have the birth experience they desired with their first child and want a different birth experience with their second child. They have heard that prenatal chiropractic care can help support that goal. Some come because their baby is not in an ideal position for birth. Some come because they just know it is the right thing to do to support herself and her baby. Whatever her reason for seeking care, my job is to clear her nervous system and allow her body to function better.
I loved being pregnant. I am very proud of my birth experience. I want as many women as possible to have the pregnancy and birth that they desire. That is why I do what I do. Weekly when I work with my pregnant clients, I am in constant awe and wonder of the amazing ability of the female body to support the growth and development of another human being. I know that what I do helps this process. I am thankful for the opportunity to support women and the bond that exists between her and her baby.
Dr. Maura Fletcher is a prenatal chiropractor at Well Beings Chiropractic Family Health in north Lakewood. Along with her husband, Dr. Jacob Fletcher, they help families heal, grow, and thrive. They serve the entire family from infants to grandparents. If you want to learn more about how chiropractic care can help you during your pregnancy, feel free to contact Dr. Maura at DrMaura@WellBeingsChiropractic.com.