You give birth. You have a baby.

Before you can carry on enjoying your gorgeous bundle of joy, your midwife or paediatrician has to check that everything's working normal.
Five fingers, five toes, breathing, heart rate, is the skin pink enough, reflexes, and all that jazz.
Well, what about the spine? 

As you probably already know, I love babies. I love everything about them. If I could have 12 of my own, I would. They just grow up too fast. I would have so many that I'd probably be able to have a TV show about it. 

But, I'm 43. And I already have three kids (well, four, if I consider the husband). And they're all a handful.

One of the many things I love about babies is checking their spines Checking a newborn's spine and adjusting them within the first week of birth is essential to proper health and optimal function.


Because a baby's spine is quite cramped inside the womb in the last few weeks of birth.
Also, the birth process, however it happened, is both intense and often traumatic to the mother and the baby.

The bones in the neck and head can often move out of the correct alignment and position creating pressure on the spinal cord. If this is undetected, it can lead to common health problems like difficulty breastfeeding, colic, digestive problems, irritability, sleep issues, and immune dysfunction. 

Very common issues. Not normal and not ideal.

In a study of 1000 newborns, 80% of them had some type of spinal nerve dysfunction. Read more about this here.

Of course you want your baby to start out life in the best possible way, so why wouldn't anyone want to have their baby's spine and nervous system checked for optimal alignment, balance, and function?

Look, think of it this way, when was the last time you had to wiggle yourself out through a 10cm hole? 

All babies have a spine, and all babies need their spines checked by a paediatric chiropractor within the first week of life. 

Doesn't that make sense?

So if you have children, get their spines checked and adjusted!

See you guys this week!

— Dr MaryAnne AKA Dr Squeeze

I Bond With the Bump.

One of my pregnant practice members that I was adjusting throughout her pregnancy texted me to say that she just had her baby.

She's not pregnant anymore.

She gave birth!

And I was so thrilled. So ecstatic for her. 

Now I get to meet that baby, check her spine, and give her first adjustment!

Then I noticed something.

I noticed something familiar that happens each time my pregnant mums text me and send me pictures of their new beautiful baby.

There's a feeling of sadness.

But why would I be sad?

I'll tell you why.

There's sadness because I realise there is no more bump!

I bond with the bump.

Your bump!

When a pregnant woman comes in for regular chiropractic care, very quickly I bond with the baby bump.

My pregnant mums can understand this — the bump is beautiful. 

Right Ladies?

Your baby in there also loves the adjustments. Your baby moves around and becomes more active during the adjustment. And each week, as that baby grows, I become more and more connected with the baby and her bump.

It's how I do things with my pregnant women. I have to touch and feel the baby bump. It's not directly part of the adjustment. 

It's a bit like a massage around the uterus.

After all, the uterus is an amazing muscle that contracts and expands, which is anchored into the pelvis by several ligaments.

If the spine and pelvis are out of alignment, then the ligaments around the uterus will be tense and taut.

So, because the uterus is a muscle and it can have tension just like any other muscle, then it mostly feels good when that muscle is massaged.

And I love feeling the baby inside the bump! That's why I feel a little sad after the baby is born. There's no more baby bump!

I always bond with the bump. 

The baby has to come eventually!

Then, guess what's next?

The baby's first spinal check and adjustment!