By Dr. Alex Sweeney, DC
This last week, I can't tell you how many times I have heard the following words come out of my patient's mouths: "I should have come in sooner." Now, that's a little bit of a #humblebrag, but seriously. The sooner I can see a pregnant patient, the better. I LOVE when I get a call from a patient who is "only" 22 weeks. I feel like, YES! I can help this person achieve their pregnancy goals, SWEET. You're probably thinking, OK, but how? Don't you worry your pretty little bump, I'm 'bout to tell you 😉
1. Chiropractors are AWESOME at treating pain.
First off, pregnancy hurts. I haven't had a baby, but all you pregnant patients coming into my office have already taught me that. And why wouldn't you want to be pain free as much as you can??? Chiropractors are AWESOME at treating pain. I could (well, can) do it with my eyes closed. Now, every patient is not the same, but there are definitely common pain patterns when it comes to pregnancy, and me and any other prenatal chiropractor worth their salt knows that. Sciatica? I got you! Carpal Tunnel? I GOT you. Mom Back? I GOT YOU! And that's just the tip of the iceberg, y'all. Cool, so chiropractors are good at treating pain.
2. Chiropractors can help get baby into position.
Your baby isn't presenting well and an ECV or a C-section are being threatened? I have the answer, and it is: The Webster Technique (if I could make that glow and angels sing when you hoovered over it, that'd be great, but I'm not very good at computer stuff). Some chiropractors go through additional training to treat pregnant, so don't believe that BS line that some might tell you that we've all been taught how to treat XYZ, because trust me, we weren't taught everything in chiropractic school (I sat right next to you, dude.). Find yourself a chiropractor who has been training above and beyond the schooling they received, through different organizations. And for pregnancy and postpartum, a Webster Certified Chiropractor. You deserve to have someone who wanted to learn how to care for pregnant women, not one who sat in the class because they had to. A Webster Certified Chiropractor will work on your Round Ligaments, your low back and your pelvis to make sure the uterus and baby are allowed to free flow in space because let's be honest, that little nugget wants as badly as you do to be head down.
3. Chiropractors can help make labor faster and more comfortable.
The thing, literally, that made a light bulb go off in my head while I was in school is this last reason: a technique, the one my chiropractic school was founded on has this one special little pressure point (and I'm keeping it in my back pocket, so if you want to know what it is then you'll just need to come in and see me) that, when researched prevented tearing of the perineal muscles as well as shortening labor times in first time moms. I know that it's not the only way a chiropractor can shorten labor times, because anecdotally, for me and almost any other chiropractor seeing pregnancy and pediatrics exclusively, our patients who started seeing us early see much shorter and more comfortable labors.
So, if you want a pain-free pregnancy, a baby to go head down (and stay that way), and would like shorter, more comfortable labors, I hope I was able to convince you that a chiropractor is an AMAZING addition to your birth team. If it's me, cool, there are several of us in San Antonio
who would be happy to help. My information is on my website
. I would love to have a chance to talk with you and see if we're a good fit for one another.