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"Pregnancy Today" magazine describes themselves as "the
journal for parents to be". On June 13, 2004 they ran a
story written by Patti Larson a mother and author, about
her experiences while being pregnant and the help she
received with Chiropractic care. She began the story by
explaining the emotions she and her husband experienced
when she found out for sure she was pregnant.
As a woman in her mid-30s having her first baby, she
described her concerns and questions by asking, "When
will morning sickness start? How long will I be able to
work? Will I make it through delivery with little pain
and swearing?" She also noted that her diet and sleep
habits were good, but although she had great intentions,
her exercise regime was less than desirable.
She did however, mention the one thing she saw as a big
factor in helping her. "What ultimately saved me from
suffering undue tiredness, aches and stress from my
ballooning body shape and shifting hormones was
chiropractic care." She continued, "I already made
regular visits to my chiropractor prior to pregnancy, so
it seemed natural to continue. My chiropractor
recommended I continue with weekly visits, adding that I
should come in more often if I felt I needed it."
Dr. Jeff Ptak, her chiropractor in Santa Monica, Calif.,
explained why chiropractic care made such a positive
difference, during her pregnancy. "Chiropractic care
addresses the functioning nervous system," he said.
"When the nervous system is not unduly stressed from
environmental factors – physical, emotional or chemical
stress – the body will work according to its unique
genetic plan. A stressful birth will stress all parties
involved and remain until the nervous system stress is
cleared. Chiropractic, by allowing the body to handle
stress, helps expecting mothers, new mothers and their
newborn children handle life with greater ease."
Leslie Stewart, a certified nurse-midwife also agrees.
"Chiropractic care can actually help with labor. Some
women who run past their due date have used treatment to
help start labor, rather than having a hospital induce
The article author, Patti Larson, noted that she not
only continued care through her pregnancy, but also
after the birth of her daughter Madeline. She concluded
the article by saying, "Madeline received regular
adjustments her second week after entering the world.
She never had colic, ear infections, colds or any
symptoms of sickness throughout her first 12 months of
life when children are often most susceptible. Some
people cringe when I tell them she sees a chiropractor,
yet everyone agrees that she is one of the most alert,
active babies they have ever seen. Some say I’m lucky,
but I tell them it’s really very simple – just stay well