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9/1/2020 1:00:00 PM

Chiropractic Care for Moms and Babies

You may be familiar with traditional chiropractic care. But are you aware that pregnant women and even babies can benefit from spinal care and adjustment? Lake Charles chiropractor Laurie Baynard DC focuses her practice on expecting moms, infants, and young children. "My very first patient in Lake Charles was a baby!” Dr. Baynard says. "I was the first chiropractor in our area to build a practice focusing solely on prenatal and pediatric care.”

The birth process is hard and can be traumatic to both new moms and newborns. In utero, babies do not have much room to move, especially during the third trimester. After birth, being held, diaper changes, and car seats can lead to spinal misalignment. "A baby’s job is to rest and digest,” Dr. Baynard says. "They should sleep, eat, grow, and be relatively content. If they are constantly fussy and uncomfortable, that can indicate a problem – colic, constipation, reflux, poor sleep. I check their spines for misalignments and adjust, and parents often see improvements. Adjustments for infants and children are not like adjustments for adults. They are very gentle.”

Dr. Baynard began her practice in 2012 and became certified in the Webster Technique, a technique specifically for pregnant women. She’s taken over 200 hours of continuing education in prenatal and pediatric chiropractic care. "Typically, OB-GYNs refer patients to me due to pain, for example back pain, pelvic pain, sciatica, headaches, and muscle spasms,” she says. "Many of my patients seek care either due to pain or wanting to prepare for labor. With chiropractic, they tend to have easier and quicker deliveries.”

Dr. Baynard’s prenatal program includes exercises that strengthen the core and help with pelvic imbalances, hydromassage, and adjustments via the Webster Technique. "It is difficult to strengthen your core during pregnancy, but my program engages the core in different and safe ways. You need a strong core to deliver your baby. Even my c-section mommas report better and easier recoveries because they went into the procedure with a strong core,” Dr. Baynard says.  Hydromassage allows patients a bit of relaxation while improving circulation, relieving muscle soreness, and reducing the level of stress and anxiety.

The Webster Technique analyzes and adjusts the pelvis in pregnant women. Pelvic alignment in pregnancy can help prevent that pregnancy "waddle” and will open the pelvis to facilitate delivery. "Postpartum care is very important too!” adds Dr.  Baynard. "After a vaginal delivery, the pelvis expands and separates so it is important to ensure it is in correct alignment during postpartum healing.”

Dr. Baynard says the benefits of chiropractic for expecting moms include less pain, more mobility, improved sleep, and great deliveries. Infants may experience improved sleep and relaxation. "Many of them start to hit their developmental milestones ahead of schedule,” she adds.

If you are unsure if chiropractic is right for you or your baby, Dr. Baynard understands. "It’s always a little nerve wracking to try something new while pregnant or with a baby but as with any doctor, find one whom you trust, are comfortable with, and will answer your questions. Everyone should have a chiropractor because everyone has a spine, and it is a vital part of our health!

For more information or to make an appointment, call 337-240-6619 or see Dr. Baynard’s website, www.drlauriebaynard.com.

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