When I was pregnant with my second baby, my daughter asked how the baby would come out. And I told her that I had to push her out of the vagina (AKA the birth canal).
(Please refer to previous post if not clear about this anatomy.)
Shock and horror ensued.
"You mean the baby just doesn't appear? Who takes it out?"
"I do, sweetie. I deliver my baby, just like I delivered you."
In my practice with pregnant women, something always happens:
There's a moment during an adjustment with a pregnant woman when she goes into a very calm state, she's totally zoned out, almost as if she's asleep, and her energy is so beautiful.
Her breath is deep, slow, and peaceful.
All her tension is nearly gone.
And it's as if I can also hear her heartbeat and her baby's heartbeat.
It's a magical moment.
I love it.
And then they get snapped out of it because she has to turn over so I can assess her front pelvis.
They always literally peel themselves up off the table and the look on their face is as if I've injected them with some potent euphoria-inducing drug.
Actually, it's not too far off what's really happening.
The difference is that this 'drug' is coming from within their bodies and that euphoric feeling is what pregnant women can access when they are in labour.
When a pregnant woman contacts me because she has heard about chiropractic wellness care for pregnancy, or she's in severe pain in her pelvis or back, I'm so happy because I know she's about to experience something amazing.
All of the pregnant women (yes, 100%) that have come to my practice for pregnancy chiropractic care have responded exceptionally well with fantastic results, giving them a much easier pregnancy that they can enjoy as much as possible.
Also, many women hear about pre-conception health because they are trying to get pregnant and they want to ensure that their bodies are at optimal healthy levels to start with a healthy pregnancy.
Women who start with regular chiropractic care pre-conception usually conceive within three months of care.
Some longer, but most before.
And once they are pregnancy, they continue with regular chiropractic adjustments and they are able to experience pregnancy with no pain, or very little discomfort.
When I was pregnant for each of my three children, I wasn't the type to bask in the joys of a glowing and glorious pregnancy.
I was also under regular chiropractic care, and I had a very easy pregnancy.
But I didn't LOVE it.
Most women will say that pregnancy is not comfortable.
The body changes tremendously and very rapidly.
That's usually not very comfortable.
How would you like it if you gained a huge amount of weight all over in only 5, 6, 7 months, and most of the weight is in the front, like a bowling ball hanging there.
Here's the truth: you feel like a whale and it's not fun moving around.
I have no doubt in my mind that pregnancy chiropractic care from pre-pregnancy, the first trimester, and throughout the entire 9-10 months is what makes the whole experience much better.
There is another woman in my practice that got pregnant relatively quickly considering very tricky circumstances, and I'm certain that's because she was having her regular chiropractic adjustments.
And although she experienced severe nausea in the beginning of her pregnancy, she is sure that she has been able to feel more comfortable from the beginning than if she wasn't receiving her weekly adjustments.
She said she wouldn't be able to live without them.
And I totally agree.
Very few women know about pregnancy chiropractic care.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is essential for having a healthy pregnancy where you're able to feel well, and also experience a smooth birth with fewer interventions during birth.
If you know anyone who is pregnant or who wants to be pregnant and wants to have a positive experience throughout her pregnancy, then tell them about chiropractic care.
It doesn't matter if they don't live in London and they can't come to me.
There are fantastic chiropractors all over the world who have experience in pregnancy chiropractic care.
Spread the word. Help me educate more women!
See you soon - and don't forget about your free Christmas adjustment next Tuesday!
— Dr MaryAnne.