"The Humpty Dumpty Adjustment"
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After experiencing birth, a new mother's body is often sore, achey and in a bit of pain. Even after the initial discomfort wears off (and the intense joy of having a glowing new baby is all she can think about) her body is not what it used to be. A gentle chiropractic adjustment (or series of adjustments) can make a world of difference in the years to come, as well as how her body tolerates any future pregnancies.
The process of birthing a baby is traumatic on both mother and child, even in the most idyllic of scenarios. It only makes sense that afterwards, both Mom and babe would benefit from a gentle "tune up" to make sure no delicate structures have been moved from their natural locations. And as most mothers know, pretty much EVERYTHING feels like it was moved in some way, shape or form!
This initial postpartum adjustment usually occurs between one day and one month after birth and is lovingly referred to by Dr. Amanda as the "Humpty Dumpty Adjustment."
As in the old children's tale, Mom's body has seemingly fallen to pieces and could use some help "getting it all back together again."
Mom is recommended to get her first postpartum adjustment as soon as she feels able, to take advantage of the large amounts of Relaxin hormone present in her blood, leftover from her pregnancy. Relaxin is produced prenatally, to allow for stretching and relaxing of ligaments, muscles and tissues in Mom's body so that a growing belly doesn't cause too much damage. After birth, especially if Mom is breastfeeding, amounts of Relaxin remain in her blood and can prove very beneficial in providing her postpartum chiropractic care.
If Mom waits too long, the adjustment can be more uncomfortable, however it is still very wise to replace misaligned joints and ligaments as close to your baby's birth day as possible. While one month or less is highly recommended, if you are still breastfeeding, your body is continuing to produce some amount of Relaxin hormone. Call Dr. Amanda as soon as you can to get your body back to pre-pregnancy shape as quickly as possible!
Check out Dr. Amanda's blog post, "Supporting Mama in the Fourth Trimester" for more information on postpartum care.