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Dr. Stacey Dent’s Pregnancy Story

I am so blessed to have our little girl, Madeline, with us now. I am grateful for everyone’s patience in the hour change at the office during my absence. I look forward to seeing you all very soon in March’s upcoming weeks! If Rebecca hasn’t been able to reach you yet, please call the office to speak with her for your next appointment at 301-373-3731. I’ve had many questions already on my whole experience while being away and thought I would share it all with you!

“Going through all of the stages of pregnancy was certainly taxing…Since this was my first pregnancy, I was told to be patient because it would be likely that I would have a 10-24 hour labor; I’ve even heard first hand stories of 36 hour labors! So, I absolutely know being adjusted regularly contributed to my fantastic birthing time. I was in the office the morning of January 7th , feeling nauseous, overheated and just ‘off’…”

Harbor Bay Chiropractic sees many pregnant moms and their babies in the office for wellness chiropractic care. Dr. Stacey Dent is Webster Technique certified for expectant mothers through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). There are many benefits to care before, throughout and even after pregnancy.

In an article written for the ICPA, Dr. Stacey Rosenberg, DC states that ”as your pregnancy advances, some chiropractic techniques will need to be modified for your comfort. Your chiropractor is aware of this and will make the necessary changes. In particular, special pregnancy pillows are used to accommodate your growing belly. A chiropractor trained in the techniques that address uterine constraint or mal-presentations will check for misalignment of the pelvic bones, misalignment of the sacrum and vertebrae, and spasm of the ligaments that support the uterus and help hold the pelvis together.”

“According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labour times. In another study, the need for analgesics was reduced by 50% in the patients who received adjustments. In addition, 84% of women report relief of back pain during pregnancy with chiropractic care. When women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints of the pelvis function better. As a result, there is significantly less likelihood of back labour (contractions and sharp pain felt in the lower back during labour). Chiropractic care has helped new mothers become more comfortable breastfeeding (posture-wise) as well as to produce more milk. Chiropractic care has also been shown to reduce the likelihood of postpartum depression.”

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