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Pregnancy and birth are beautiful, messy processes that deserve all the attention and support possible. A prenatal chiropractor is a fantastic asset to your team of healthcare professionals, friends and family.
You might not be sure if you need a chiropractor. Dr. Katie suggests that you not wait until you are having pain or other symptoms. Get under chiropractic care as early in your pregnancy as possible.
Gentle prenatal chiropractic puts the body into the parasympathetic or the “rest and digest” state. This is where the body is functioning with ease, which is better for both you and your developing baby.
Throughout the pregnancy, the levels of the hormone relaxin increase, loosening your ligaments. This is great for growing a baby and the actual process of birth, but it also causes you to slip out of alignment more easily and become subluxated.
When a patient starts to get adjusted later in the pregnancy, it’s an uphill battle for Dr. Katie to keep you adjusted and get you more comfortable. But so worthwhile as you prepare for birth.
When you’re in the early stages of labor, a chiropractic adjustment optimizes the pelvis, allowing the baby to move into the best position to help the labor progress. When your spine and pelvis are aligned, it helps you to dilate more easily and open as much as possible–which is a good thing if you want that baby to be born!
Even the most natural and peaceful of births is a physical trauma to the body. Treat your body well after this major life event with a chiropractic adjustment to reset the pelvis.
A chiropractor will check and adjust your spine to ensure that the nervous system is functioning without the interference of bones putting pressure on the spinal nerves. This helps your body to detox and heal optimally.
Every mom is different with what she needs postpartum. You may feel like staying in your cocoon, or you might feel like getting out. You can ask if your prenatal chiropractor does home visits (Dr. Katie does!).
An adjustment for a pregnant woman is different than an adjustment for the average adult, so it’s important to find the right doctor.
When researching a chiropractor for your pregnancy, find out if they are certified in the Webster Technique from the ICPA. On their website, do they list this certification? If not, just ask.
Also on their website, you can often get a sense if they specialize in pregnancy chiropractic or not.
You can also see their Google and Yelp Reviews to hear straight from their practice members. This can even help you see if the chiropractor is a right fit for you and your family.
Dr. Katie loves to recommend BirthFit movements and exercises. https://birthfit.com/professionals/
This is a great, comprehensive article by a fellow prenatal chiropractor about the different roles and professionals to choose for your birth team. Building Your Dream Team Birth Team by Free Spirit Chiropractic.
Dr. Katie Valadez is an amazing chiropractor and she is genuinely invested in the overall health of her patients. She is very passionate about what she does and her energy and warmth makes me look forward to coming in to get adjusted. Dr. Katie is adaptable and adjusts to peoples different levels of treatment comfort. She goes above and beyond just adjusting; she also provides guidance for patients who are interested in a holistic approach to health....
I love this place!! Everyone from the receptionists and all the Dr’s at Life Within create such a positive mood that it makes coming back a great experience!! Most of all I know Dr. Katie actually cares about her patients!! It’s more than just having a back adjustment. It’s having your physical and spiritual self in alignment for optimal mental and physical health. Much Love Dr. Katie!...
Where do I start. I was searching for a new Dr. for sometime. I just hadn't met the right one. The minute I met Dr. Katie I knew. She is very passionate about her work and it shows. From the beginning stages to till now she has gone above and beyond to make sure MY needs are met. I highly recommend Dr. Katie!...
Dr. Katie is a gem! She is an amazing healer and cares deeply for her clients well being. I bring my whole family and we have all seen significant benefit in our health from reduction in headaches, colds and anxiety. That would be enough to keep coming back, but we also love being around her contagious positivity...my kids even like going so that's the real proof! Thanks Dr. Katie...