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Pregnancy Chiropractic Care

Once pregnant, Chiropractic can help in so many ways. It’s a time when our center of gravity moves forward and increases the lumbar or low back curve. This can cause extra strain on the lumbo-pelvic joints (the bones that make up your low back, hips, and pelvis). Making sure everything is lined up properly can improve the way your body accommodates the extra forces on your body and reduces the pain you may experience. Then there’s our friend Relaxin hormone. It’s a hormone designed to help your joints loosen up to prepare your pelvis for delivery but it can also create hypermobility that may cause previous injuries or misalignments to re-emmerge. It can also intensify any pelvic misalignments and make the muscles work harder to maintain alignment and joint function.

While pregnant, we often develop a “waddle.” That abnormal style of walking can affect the way you feel especially if your aren’t lined up properly. All this is happening as your baby grows. Your body needs to be able to accommodate that growth and expand symmetrically. Making sure you are balanced properly is a big part of that because an adjustment is designed to specifically do that… make sure your pelvis is in the proper position. So, an adjustment can make sure everything is lined up properly, help you using your joints as symmetrically as possible, and reduce the body’s need to adapt to things that aren’t moving correctly. The nice “side-effect” is that you move and function with less pain and discomfort.

Preparing to Get Pregnant

So many factors can affect fertility but stress is a significant one. As stated earlier, it is important to note that chiropractic does NOT cure fertility problems. We don’t aim to specifically treat the issues causing fertility. What we do is work to regulate the nervous system, specifically the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) in this case. The ANS regulates heart rate, digestion, respiratory rate, and its proper function is important to fertility among other things. It’s the director behind the fight or flight we always hear about. The problem is, when we are in constant stress or fight or flight, our bodies are too busy trying to help us manage the stress and isn’t necessarily worried about improving your chances to get pregnant. Based on several case studies and published research, chiropractic can not only just improve the way your spine moves, but also improve the way your nervous system functions. When the nervous system is no longer in fight or flight, it can communicate the best way possible and in theory, improve your chances of getting pregnant. Studies show that a calm ANS can normalize the menstrual cycle, improve hormone function, and decrease the stress response in the body, making it the ideal environment for reproduction.

Labor & Delivery

While Chiropractic is important during pregnancy, it’s also designed to prepare the body for labor and delivery. Studies show it helps with less back labor, reduced need for pain medication, shortened labor times, and decreased chances for intervention. Because the uterus is suspended in the pelvic cavity and attached to the bones that make up the pelvis, those bones must be properly lined up. One of the most important pelvic bones that need to be aligned is called the Sacrum. It’s the upside down triangular bone at the base of your spine. It is a particular focus for a specialized Chiropractic assessment and adjusting technique called Webster Technique. The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association defines Webster Technique as, “…a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.” The sacrum is one of the MOST important bones of the pelvis because sacral misalignments may contribute to difficult labor for Mom. It can cause impaired uterine function due to inadequate communication between the brain and uterus. This can affect pelvic contraction. A misaligned sacrum may prevent your baby from getting into the best position to be born. Correction of sacral misalignments may have a positive effect on all of these causes of difficult labor. As a Webster Certified Chiropractor, I feel it is imperative that your Chiropractor has taken the special steps to be certified in the technique. This will ensure he or she is most up to date on the technique as well as the special accommodations and research necessary to help your outcomes be as positive as possible.

The 4th Trimester

Pregnancy and birth are a lot of work for a body. Not only are you recovering from growing and delivering another person, you are also tasked with taking care of one! During the 4th trimester (the 3 months after delivery), you’re carrying a baby around, consoling a baby, and feeding a baby as your body is trying to return to its pre-pregnancy state. All these things you are doing while dealing with possible pelvic floor muscle imbalances/weaknesses from pregnancy and/or delivery, center of gravity changes due to no longer being pregnant, and the hypermobility effects of relaxin hormone. Did we mention recovery is further complicated by sleep interruptions and the stress involved with a life event change? Being adjusted and restoring normal joint and nervous system function can help the body better recover, reduce neck, back, and pelvic pain, and provide more comfort while breastfeeding.

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Client Testimonials

Best chiropractor on the north shore! Great bedside manners, staff is very personable, friendly and greets you with a smile. My appointments are every 2-3 weeks and I always leave feeling amazing.
Michelle Huynh
Michelle Huynh
22:46 03 Aug 22
My niece hurt her arm while we were in town visiting family. Dr. Smith had us come in and examine her. She was gentle, and very detailed in explaining what she thought was going on. We went for an x-ray just to confirm. Let's just say, she was back to normal before we got home.
Elyse Lannom
Elyse Lannom
21:45 21 Jul 22
Dr. Kristin treats atleast 5 people in my family. My daughter swears by her for everything.
Maw T
Maw T
20:59 15 Jul 22
Dr. Smit is wonderful!
Nicole Jolley
Nicole Jolley
20:56 15 Jul 22
Dr Kristin Smith at Life Care Family Wellness and Chiropractic has changed my life. I am a lifelong migraine sufferer whose quality of life has always been effected by neck and headache pain. I've seen many doctors and two other chiropractors who put bandaids on my problems. After finding Dr Kristin through a friend several years ago, she gently adjusted and worked on me and after a week, I felt totally different. I've gone at least every two weeks since and I've only had one migraine in 3 years. I could probably go less, but I ride horses and the jarring puts me out of line. Seeing Dr Kristin regularly keeps this over 50 lady feeling great all over and allows me to keep up my active lifestyle. I can honestly say that Dr Kristin is the most important part of my healthcare team! I am blessed to have her.
angie jean
angie jean
17:54 15 Jul 22
WE LOVE DR. KRISTEN!! 3 of my 6 kids and myself see her. She is the sweetest most caring person. She always remembers little details about things you share with her and that shows she really pays attention when you're talking. One of my twins was getting sick all the time so I finally took him to see her. She not only adjusted him but suggested some supplements I could give him to boost his immune system. He's doing great now. Plus, I have never felt better myself and notice I don't get migraines as often as I used since seeing her.
Melissa Bergeron
Melissa Bergeron
16:15 28 Mar 22
OLIVIA BERGERON
OLIVIA BERGERON
21:31 24 Mar 22
Dr. Kristin Smith is a phenomenal chiropractor. She is so personable & certainly makes you feel like part of the family. She is always quick to fit you in for an adjustment any time you need it. She’s very responsive & will answer any question you have in a timely manner. We have had such an amazing experience with Life Care Family Wellness, from visiting throughout my pregnancy, to postpartum, to my husband and our baby being adjusted.
Jon & Syd
Jon & Syd
20:20 24 Mar 22
I have been going to Dr. Kristin Smith for years! She has helped me with my lower back pain, migraines and so much more! I can not recommend her enough. She treated me before my pregnancy, during my pregnancy and after.Before I was pregnant I would visit Dr. Smith at her Slidell office for routine maintenance. I would basically visit every time my neck was stiff or my back would go out. I never thought about needing chiropractic care when I was pregnant until I started experiencing ligament pain. These pains would get so bad, it was hard to walk. After belly bands and other things would not work I called Dr. Smith begging for relief! Within one or two visits I was back on my feet.Not only has she helped me, she has also helped my daughter. Playing the formula game with an infant was not fun. Her sleep was off, her belly full of gas and this momma was done! One day I was getting adjusted and she said, let me take a look. Let’s just say, from that moment on we made sure to get in atleast once a month. Dr. Kristin Smith is truly a wealth of knowledge that cares about her patients. Everyone I have sent there usually calls me and says something they’ve learned from her. I can’t recommend her enough. She truly is Slidell, La best chiropractor!
Marlana Turner
Marlana Turner
02:10 08 Mar 22
My son is 6 and has always had a problem wetting the bed at night. I had talked about getting him several times with Kristin. Well we finally did and this is his second night of no bed wetting. I cannot tell y’all how excited he is. Kristin said his sacral really needed adjustment. She’s the best guys.
Heather Willard
Heather Willard
15:51 04 Mar 22
I'm not sure if it's the doctor (in this case Kristen) or maybe it's just because she's a chiropractor. I'm not sure but you know you've found the right doctor when it feels (pardon the pun) like you're visiting family. Well, not the in-laws. Maybe friends would be a better description.From the first visit that my wife and I had, to even the kids it's been great. The front office secretary is amazing. The customer service is top notch. She remembers names, kids, places you've vacationed too, goals etc. This is who you need as the first face people see when coming into a doctors office.I haven't had any experiences with the other doctors, but they do at least acknowledge you when they enter the waiting room. Which by the way is never really long. Longest wait was maybe 15 min. And that's only because my whole family (5 of us) was going in to get adjusted.Doc Kristen makes you feel at home, never really seems rushed, she's always looking for feedback as to your condition what works what doesn't. She never forces the crack unlike 2 other chiropractors I've seen....there's no "wing dinger"! (YouTube that Apparently you can make a mess doing that)She's amazing it's just plain and simple. She seems to truly care about her patients. We've been seeing her for a couple of years now. She'll straighten you out!
J. Lewis
J. Lewis
20:39 09 Aug 21
Very friendly and understanding. Extremely knowledgeable and personable. She's very good at what she does.
Dang Dawng
Dang Dawng
17:01 03 Sep 20
Best chiropractor and doctor I have ever been to. So extremely helpful and good at what she does. Really listens to her patients and spends her time getting to know you and what you need help with. Works on my entire family and we all adore her. Very lucky to have her as a doctor.
Sarah Reed
Sarah Reed
02:13 20 Aug 20
If I could give Dr. Smith and her staff a 10 star rating, I would.I first visited Dr. Smith due to pregnancy pains.She took the time out to get to know me and ask questions about where my pains were located, how severe they were, what triggered them, and how long I had been having them for.She is super knowledgeable and gives in-depth details about why certain pains may be occurring and is never bothered by all of my questions.After my second adjustment, I felt a huge difference and continued seeing her for weekly appointments.Needless to say, I was able to give birth to my baby naturally with no pain medication and I give all credit to Dr. Smith for aligning my body and making labor and delivery smooth sailing!!I recommend anyone, pregnant or not to see her as she will make your body feel more mobile and symmetrical.My newborn is now a new patient of hers and I look forward to all the benefits chiropractic care will provide for my baby.Thanks again Dr. Smith and staff!! You are always the highlight of my week!!!
Nicole Paz
Nicole Paz
01:57 11 Aug 20
The absolute best! I have not known any other chiropractor who cares for her patient as much as she does. If I have questions regarding my special needs son's health issues, I know I can always send her a message and she takes the time to answer and would even ask her colleagues if she is not sure about it. We live an hour away and will brave through New Orleans traffic just to see her.
Doublet Family Channel
Doublet Family Channel
20:51 07 Apr 20
Great experience very welcoming look forward to continuing business!
JoJo Wink
JoJo Wink
15:29 25 Oct 19
Kristin Smith
Kristin Smith
19:47 13 Feb 19
Nathan Pierce
Nathan Pierce
23:33 28 Apr 18
As a chiropractor myself, my body takes a beating while I take care of others. Dr. Smith keeps my back and neck in check! Thanks, Doc!
Adam Roussel
Adam Roussel
01:36 28 Jun 16
Kerry Williams
Kerry Williams
15:26 30 Mar 16
Dr. Smith is very knowledgable and professional. She has impressed me with her caring heart and skill as a chiropractor.
Dr. Kent Vanderslice
Dr. Kent Vanderslice
18:16 22 Mar 16
You'd be hard pressed to find a more caring, holistic person with such skill! Dr. Smith is amazing! She is well educated on different chiropractic styles and can easily customize to your needs. Due to 2 slipped discs in my neck I could barely turn my head to see around me. My arms constantly went numbed due to one disc pressing on a nerve. After a few visits with Dr. Smith, I could almost look behind me and the frequent numbing of my arms stopped. The best part is I could bring my three kids to the visits. In fact she also works with my 8 year old son, who's hips caused his feet to point inward, which had him often tripping over his own feet. He is doing so much better under her care. A good chiropractor is hard to find, a great one impossible. She is the impossible. I can't recommend her enough.
Christinia Pierce
Christinia Pierce
15:12 04 Jan 16
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