If you ask a chiropractor whether or not you should get adjusted, the answer will almost always be, “Yes! Of course!” In this case, I think it’s even more important to get adjusted after you have your baby than almost any other time.
You’ve just carried your beautiful bundle of joy around for nine months, and your body has gone through a lot of changes in order to accomplish this feat. In particular, a hormone called relaxin was in your system prior to delivery, allowing the ligaments to become more lax in order for you to have a successful delivery.
Following childbirth, that hormone will leave your system and your spine and pelvis will no longer be in good alignment. As the ligaments return to their normal elasticity, your pelvis will become less likely to return to it’s normal alignment.
Over the next few months, you’ll have sleepless nights and be reaching into the crib over and over again, putting more strain on your back muscles and your pelvis. If you jump back into exercise (especially running), you’ll notice that your body just doesn’t move like it did prior to pregnancy.
That’s where a proper spinal alignment from your chiropractor can be so helpful. Most patients wait a couple of weeks following delivery before venturing out of the home. It’s around this time that we do our first postpartum checkup and adjustments. (We can check your newborn too – it just takes a couple of minutes and there’s no charge!)
Depending on how much chiropractic care you had prior to your pregnancy, you may need a couple of adjustments to get back up to speed. I’ve found that patients that have been under regular chiropractic care pick right up where we left off. Those patients that just had a couple of adjustments to help with back pain and sciatica during pregnancy will need more care to get back to feeling normal again.
The answer to “Should I get adjusted after I have my baby?” is a clear and definite, “Without a doubt.” After seeing many pregnant patients who didn’t understand the value of a postpartum adjustment, and seeing many new patients that “haven’t been able to exercise the same way after I had a baby,” it was time to make sure you knew the importance of an adjustment following natural childbirth or a c-section.
You will notice the difference and your ability to get back to your normal routine (as much as possible with a newborn) may very well depend on it!