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Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Pregnancy brings on many physical, emotional, and hormonal changes, all of which can cause a great deal of discomfort during what should be a celebrated time in your life.

Common complaints in pregnancy like low back pain, sciatica, pubic bone pain, round ligament pain, and hip pain are commonly helped by prenatal chiropractic care and the Webster Technique.

Prenatal Chiropractor in Shakopee

During pregnancy, a woman’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. As the baby grows, a mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and the various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curve in the lower back (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints.

The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Sciatica is a condition common in pregnancy, involving pain that starts in the lower back or hips and travels down into one or both legs.

If a previous issue exists with the alignment of the spine, and there has been a history of lower back problems, pregnancy will often aggravate the condition. Pregnancy can cause the spine to become misaligned to the point that it does not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is complete. This can make the tasks that become necessary once the child is born, such as carrying a baby on your front or back, breastfeeding, and bending over to lift and pick things up, painfully difficult.

Webster Technique

Dr. Kristen is certified in the Webster Technique through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and diversified adjustment used to restore balance and function to mom’s pelvis during pregnancy.  Benefits of the Webster Technique include creating an optimal environment for proper fetal positioning in-utero, faster labor and delivery times, and reduced pain experienced during labor and delivery.

Prenatal Chiropractic Care

Dr Kristen provides safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. During your first prenatal visit, we will determine the best care plan to address your discomforts and prepare for childbirth.

Our pregnancy pillows accommodate your growing baby bump so expectant patients can still lie face down (prone) for care.

Prenatal chiropractic care has been shown to reduce the need for pain medications during labor, as well as help reduce labor time. Remember to get checked after baby arrives so you can recover better in your postpartum season.

If you are curious about how chiropractic can help you with your pregnancy, schedule a phone consultation here to see how we can help.