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.
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.