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Pre-natal Care

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During pregnancy, the body not only bears the weight of an additional child, but undergoes many changes hormonally and physically, and the bodies of both mother and child begin to communicate as one. Chiropractic care during pregnancy not only helps to relieve strain in the back as well as the pelvis, but it also helps to maintain communication and optimize functionality during the process of literally creating another body.

It is because of these drastic changes that some chiropractors may choose to seek additional training in family wellness post graduation. With 180 hours of study through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) Dr. Pennella earned her CACCP (Certification from the Academy Council of Chiropractic Pediatrics) in 2016. This designation is an advanced step in working with infertility, prenatal care, postnatal care, and pediatrics.

Did You Know?

  • According to the NCBI (National Center of Biotechnology Information), and the US National Library of Medicine, PubMed research shows that 75% of pregnant women who seek chiropractic care during pregnancy found relief from pain, and 31% experience shorter labor times. Reference
  • It takes approximately 8 weeks for pelvic and uterine ligaments to return to normal after labor and delivery. Postpartum chiropractic care can help to ensure that these ligaments and other body structures return to proper alignment.

FAQs

What Are the Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care?

According to the American Pregnancy Association, the potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include but are not limited to:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing breech positioning and a potential cesarean delivery
What Should I Expect from Pre-Natal Chiropractic Care at SFC?

During the first trimester, a mother should expect to be seen 2-3/week.

During the second trimester, if the body is progressing steadily and with stability, the visits will likely reduce to 1/week.

During the third trimester, the child begins to move through the birth canal. The production of Relaxin, which starts from the first trimester and reaches a peak just before delivery, makes the joints the most unstable they will ever be. Because of this, visits will increase on an as-needed basis in order to prepare the body for delivery.

Dr. Pennella will also evaluate for prenatal supplementation needs throughout the pregnancy in order to keep you and the child properly nourished.

Is There Research to Support the Safety and Efficacy of Prenatal Chiropractic Care?

One of the best resources for research regarding the safety and efficacy of prenatal chiropractic care is through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association).

Click here for details.

Other research on relief from common ailments and diseases through chiropractic care are available here.

Peer reviews, case studies, publications, and current projects can be found here.

Can Chiropractic Turn Breech Babies?

Chiropractic is not a “cure” for anything. In the case of a breech presentation, the most likely source of the baby’s inability to turn is intrauterine constraint.  Chiropractic adjusting of the pelvis via the Webster Technique balances the pelvis and reduces or eliminates intrauterine constraint.

What is the Webster Technique?

The Webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved. ICPA4kids.org

Check out: An Expectant Parent’s Guide to Chiropractic

I visited Dr. Pennella through my second pregnancy and felt significant relief from pregnancy related issues.
Sarah Gentry

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