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The babies come in waves.

As most of you probably know, I adjust a lot of pregnant women. And babies. The interesting thing is that the pregnant women come in waves. For some reason, a few months at a time, a bunch of pregnant women come to my office for their regular weekly adjustments.

Then, as you know, these pregnant women eventually have their babies. And then there's a wave of babies to check and adjust!

One of the things that I've noticed with this cycle is that these ‘chiro babies’ seem to respond to the adjustments incredibly well and quickly, and they often get all ‘blissed-out’ towards the end of the adjustment. It's like their bodies and systems know what the adjustment is, and they respond like it's not their first time, but their fourth, or fifth, or even their twentieth!

My theory is because when babies are in the womb, they are very responsive to their environment inside, as well as outside. They are incredibly sensitive to everything around them - sounds, movement, touch, as well as stress, and equally calmness and relaxation of the mother. 

That's what an adjustment usually does: it relaxes and calms the mother's whole body. There's other stuff involved as well, like a nicely balanced and aligned pelvis and spine. And the overall effect of the adjustment is helping her calming nervous system engage, which allows the mum to feel ‘blissed-out’!

So, is it really a surprise that the baby is familiar with this feeling? Not to me, it isn't! 

When I adjust a baby that has already experienced an adjustment before they were born, and this was a regular sensation and a good positive one, then once the baby is born and they have that similar sensation from their own first adjustment to their spine, of course they are going to respond so well and get ‘blissed-out’ too! (Though it could be that they have sensed mother’s response to the adjustment, and are cueing off the sounds of the journey to the adjustment or off mother’s response.) 

That's another reason why getting adjusted during pregnancy is so beneficial to both mother AND BABY!

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!