It is never too early to bring your newborn to the chiropractor. The birthing process is physically strenuous for both mom and baby (even during a “normal” birth) so it is best to get them both cared for as soon as possible afterwards.
Typically, newborns respond best to chiropractic care within the first few days of being born. We can help your newborn with:
- Breastfeeding Difficulties
- Birthing Trauma: Use of Vacuum or Forceps, C-Sections, Too Short or Too Long of a Labour
- Indigestion & Constipation
- Inactivity (Abnormal Sleeping)
And don’t forget moms need care after labour too! Having a baby isn’t easy! There are a lot of muscles and joints involved that can result in many spinal restrictions and biomechanical issues. Furthermore, the body is going through what we like to call “The 4th Trimester.”
Most new moms have no idea how important postpartum chiropractic care is. After delivery, the hormone relaxin keeps making ligaments soft for 6 months which increases vulnerability to lower back and pelvic joint misalignment and pain. Because postpartum care for mom is often neglected, many new moms suffer from headaches, neck and shoulder aches as well as wrist and forearm problems such as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
The good news about the postpartum time period is that since relaxin is still softening mom’s ligaments, correcting musculoskeletal problems with postpartum chiropractic care is easily accomplished due to the body’s increased pliability. Because of this, postpartum chiropractic care can even be an excellent opportunity to attend to long-standing issues that have built-up scar tissue.
Often after birth, whether vaginally or via c-section, the mother’s pelvic biomechanics change – these changes can bring discomfort with walking, nursing and sleeping. We restore the pelvic balance with similar manipulation, exercises and stretches that were used in the prenatal care. It can also be beneficial to mobilize the thoracic region due to positions during breastfeeding, bottle feeding or simply rocking children. There is a tendency for new mothers to flex forward for long periods of time which can aggravate the mid back area. The body now has to learn how to handle not having the baby, developing breast-milk, waking up in the middle of the night, normalizing hormones, carrying baby & car seats, etc. We are here to help with that too!
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