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Pregnancy Chiropractic in East Brunswick

Why Is Chiropractic Care Important During Pregnancy?


When you’re pregnant, your body goes through an astonishing number of changes in a very short period of time. Just thinking about it can cause stress. Any stress—whether it’s physical, chemical/environmental or emotional in nature—can adversely affect the nervous system and can result in energy and communication from the brain not being delivered to the body properly.

The physical stressors are the most obvious during pregnancy. The average woman gains between twenty-five to fifty pounds while she’s pregnant. For every extra pound you carry, there are four additional pounds of pressure on the lower back—this can equate to carrying around a full-grown person on your back! It’s no wonder many women who never experienced lower back pain previously, suddenly suffer with it during pregnancy.

Many people don’t realize it, but the uterus is a muscle. If the spine or pelvis are out of alignment, nerves can be irritated. When the nerves don’t carry energy correctly, the muscles that control delivery cannot work as well. They are unable to move the baby as effectively through the birth canal. Pregnancy and childbirth are athletic endeavors—the uterus has to contract the right amount, in the right rhythm, to push the baby out. The energy to do this comes from the nerves in the spine. So, if the spine is out of alignment, it will be harder to deliver the baby without medical assistance. This can cause extra straining by the mother or render the mother and child more susceptible to further complications requiring more medical intervention-such as a C-section.

Our Successful Approach to Care

At Freedman Chiropractic, we’ve had extensive experience caring for pregnant women over our forty-plus years in practice. In all of that time, only one of our patients has needed a C-section. Dr. Freedman has the experience and expertise to design customized care for each individual patient we see.

Chiropractic care should be a part of every expectant mother’s prenatal regimen. We consider ourselves a mom-to-be’s best friend. Medications and physical therapy are contraindicated during pregnancy and wouldn’t fix the underlying cause of pain even if they were allowed.

Chiropractic care is the safest, most effective means to control and eliminate pregnancy pain and muscle soreness. It’s also the best way to remove interference to the nervous system and unlock the energy the body needs to control and coordinate the labor and delivery process so that it can occur with minimal need for intervention.

Dr. Freedman is an expert in many different adjusting techniques, and he can tailor care to your specific needs and preferences. In addition, our adjusting tables allow for the lower section to open – allowing you to rest comfortably while having chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy, with no pressure on your abdomen and baby.

As with other patients, he’ll start with your history and proceed with a checkup. If the checkup reveals subluxations, he’ll develop a care plan that is safe, gentle, comfortable and effective. He’ll talk the plan over with you to ensure that you understand your options and feel at ease with his recommendations. The frequency and duration of care are determined entirely by your needs and goals.

It may surprise you when Dr. Freedman checks the alignment of your feet. But as the foundation of your spine, it’s important to ensure that your feet are aligned properly. This way you will have better results with less frequent visits.

Dr. Freedman is an extremely caring and thorough chiropractor who has helped me tremendously. During the latter portion of my pregnancy, I was under his care. He evaluated me and created a detailed plan to help me feel better and stronger. From my very first adjustment, I instantly felt better. At each appointment he takes the time to determine what is best for my body at that point in time. Erin P.

pregnant patient adjustment

Benefits for You and Baby

Helping your body feel better and function better is not only good for you, but it is also good for your baby. The healthier you and your nervous system are, the healthier your baby is. Having easier labor and delivery is also beneficial for your baby. The fewer interventions needed in a delivery; the fewer subluxations are likely to occur in your baby’s delicate structures.

We also encourage new moms to come in as soon as possible after giving birth, so we can check them and their new baby. Dr. Freedman can help get your body back to proper alignment so it can heal from the trauma of childbirth, and he can remove interferences in your baby’s nervous system, so they get the very best start in life.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I come to a chiropractor during my pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can alleviate back pain safely and affordably, and reduce stress. Moms-to-be under care also sleep more comfortably and can keep up with their regular activities of daily living better, because they’re free of pain and can move better.

How often should a woman see you once she learns she’s pregnant?

It depends on the condition that the patient’s spine was in before they got pregnant, their present condition (e.g. whether they’re suffering from back pain, and it needs more frequent care) or whether they want regular care to ensure they have a more comfortable pregnancy, a delivery with less chance of complications, and a stronger immune system.

Will you work with a mother’s other pregnancy care providers to coordinate her care?

Yes, Dr. Freedman knows the patient has the best chance for a healthy pregnancy, easier delivery, and a healthier baby occurs when the patient’s physicians take a team approach – sharing their expertise while having in mind the greatest benefit for the patient and her baby. Pediatricians and obstetricians do not receive the specialized training of a chiropractor, so only a licensed chiropractor is qualified to provide care that is focused on identifying and removing interferences in the nervous system that would negatively impact the birth process, as well as the health of the mother and baby.
Could getting chiropractic care help me have an easier birth?
Yes! By getting chiropractic care, a woman can have an easier birth, because chiropractic care improves pelvic alignment and movement, and enables better function of the organs and glands that mediate the birth process. Better pelvic alignment enables the baby to pass more easily through the birth canal. Better organ and glandular function enables the cervix to fully dilate, the uterus to contract at the right times, and at the right strength, so the baby passes through the birth canal with minimal chance of medical intervention. So the likelihood of forceps delivery or C-section is much lower.

I didn’t start seeing you when I became pregnant. Is it still okay for me to come in and benefit from chiropractic care?

Absolutely. At any stage, either before, during and after pregnancy, Dr. Freedman has patients who come to him for chiropractic care, and they love the benefits that chiropractic care offers them.

Should I get adjusted as part of my postnatal recovery?

Yes. That’s because the birth process is physically, chemically and emotionally stressful, on the mother and on the baby. This commonly results in misalignments of the spine, irritation to nerves, and results in pain and illness. In addition to the mother benefiting from a chiropractic checkup, the baby should also have periodic chiropractic checkups beginning right after birth to ensure they have the best chance of thriving normally.

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Pregnancy Chiropractic East Brunswick NJ | (732) 254-6011