Why Choose Cutitta Chiropractic to Help With Your Pregnancy?
There are a number of reasons to choose Cutitta Chiropractic. We’re a member of the American Pregnancy Association, and our doctor has specifically trained in pregnancy-focused chiropractic care. We also have Certified Massage Therapists on staff who are trained in pregnancy care massage. (While massage is not recommended during your first trimester, we can provide massage care throughout your second and third trimester and make you feel both pampered and better!)
By combining chiropractic care and therapeutic massage, we can help you have a relaxed, easy pregnancy with minimal pain. In addition, if we combine your therapeutic massage with your chiropractic care it will frequently be covered by your health insurance copay (best kept secret in the health insurance industry)! This means you’ll be able to have top-notch care at a much lower price than if you didn’t combine your therapies in the office.
We are also a very hands-on care facility. We’ll ensure that your care plan is tailored to your needs, not a general template designed for 90% of the population. This means you’ll get the care YOU need, not the care that someone else needs.
Pregnancy is a topic we get asked about regularly. As a pregnancy focused chiropractic office, we welcome any questions you may have regarding your pregnancy care, or pre-pregnancy planning. We’ll try to answer a few of the most common questions now, but if you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to comment or email us.
Check out a success story from one of our patients:
How Does the Body Change During Pregnancy?
There are a number of changes your body goes through during the course of your pregnancy. As the baby develops you’ll gain on average 25-35 pounds. This additional weight puts stress on the muscles of your abdomen and back, and as your stomach begins to protrude your spinal curve will be increased. You will find your center of gravity will shift forward, and postural imbalances created by this gravity shift can increase the likelihood of trips and falls. While normally these shifts would be very painful for your back, hormones do loosen ligaments in your back making it easier for your body to absorb the increased curvature and stress.
How Can Chiropractic Care Benefit You During These Changes?
There are a number of stages in which chiropractic care can help.
Before pregnancy a chiropractor can help detect imbalances in your posture and help correct them. By starting off with good posture the rest of your pregnancy will progress more smoothly and with less need for regular care.
During pregnancy a chiropractor can help keep your pelvis aligned. This prevents intrauterine constraint – providing more room for your baby to grow and stay comfortable, as well as making your delivery easier and reducing delivery complications. Additionally it is estimated between 2/3 and 1/2 of women experience low back pain while pregnant. This pain can be relieved and your back can be strengthened to help prevent future low back pain. Studies have also shown that chiropractic care during pregnancy can help reduce your nausea. In our Greenfield office, we have also begun to offer pelvic floor exercise sessions to assist during and following delivery.
After pregnancy a chiropractor helps get things back to normal as your body tightens the loosened ligaments and recovers from your pregnancy. Care in the weeks following your pregnancy can help prevent ongoing low-back pain and can also address other postural issues created from your new task – carrying your baby, baby bag and carrier. It has been proven that better posture assists in making breast feeding easier, and by this point, our doctor has already helped balance out your posture!
A Myth Worth Dispelling
Chiropractic care is safe during all stages of pregnancy. We are able to do adjustments throughout your pregnancy, right up to the last weeks before delivery. Our doctor is specifically trained to provide care during your pregnancy, and can adjust you in positions which are comfortable and safe.
For more information and resources:
American Pregnancy Association fact sheet on Chiropractic care during Pregnancy
National Institute of Health study abstract on Pregnancy and Chiropractic care