This month we are interviewing Dr. Kirsten Liwanag, professional chiropractor and co-owner of River Valley Chiropractic (www.rivervalleychirogj.com). We asked her about the safety concerns, health benefits and other areas of chiropractic care during pregnancy.
Dr. K.L.: Receiving chiropractic care while you are pregnant delivers helpful benefits. Chiropractic is gentle and drug-free, and it is a great and safe option for those aches and pains that go along with growing a healthy baby.
Dr. K.L.: This is entirely up to you and how you are feeling. For most women, in the first trimester they are not really experiencing a lot of back pain. So we recommend once every 4-6 weeks in the first trimester to keep your spine in alignment and keep you feeling good. As you enter the second trimester, you may notice more discomfort as the baby starts to grow, and your
muscles and ligaments start to stretch. This may cause more tension in your lower back and hips. So during this trimester, most of our mommy’s to be visit us every 3-4 weeks. The third trimester is when the baby really starts growing and your belly starts to expand. As your center of gravity shifts forward with the baby’s growth, you may notice your lower back and hip tension
increase in frequency and severity. Your body is also releasing more hormones to allow your ligaments to stretch in preparation for delivery. We also hear mama’s complain about other discomforts in the third trimester including mid-back pain, neck pain, headaches, Braxton-Hicks contractions, and swelling in the hands and feet. Chiropractic care will aid in alleviating these discomforts and making the third trimester of your pregnancy more enjoyable by keeping your spine, pelvis, and related structures balanced, moving easily, and free of misalignments.
Chiropractic care is safe during the entire length of your pregnancy.
Dr. K.L.: Pregnant women have been receiving chiropractic care and adjustments safely for over a hundred years. Benefits that we have heard with care include helping to maintain your pregnancy, control of or less vomiting during pregnancy, alleviating back tension and discomfort, aids in swelling in the feet and hands, reduces or eliminates headaches, keeps your immune system strong to fight off colds and flus, and delivering full-term with more ease and healthier infants.
Dr. K.L.: Absolutely. Women find it is easier to return to pre-pregnancy fitness levels with regular chiropractic adjustments. Additionally, one journal reports that “post-partum depression is a rarity in patients receiving manipulative therapy.”
Personally, I have three children, and I don’t know how I would have made it through my three pregnancies without chiropractic care. Getting adjusted regularly allowed me to experience less low back pain, helped with any headaches I experienced, allowed me to sleep better, and to chase toddlers around during my 2nd and 3rd pregnancies with ease. I also found that I had more success following my pregnancies in losing my “baby weight” and with breastfeeding. And I continued to receive regular care once my baby was born, as you may find you experience different aches and pains due to breastfeeding, lack of sleep, carrying your infant, and transferring your baby in and out, on and off of the changing tables, cribs, and baby car seats.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy and after allows for a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.
We would be happy to sit down with you to talk about your individual needs. Feel free to contact us at
(970) 241-6366 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit our website for more information at www.rivervalleychirogj.com.
Thanks so much, Dr. Kirsten Liwanag for taking the time to answer our questions. Here, at Csilla Leonard Fine Art Portraits, we get regular adjustments by Kirsten and wholeheartedly recommend her for all your chiropractic needs.
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