Dr Lilly Leong explains how homeopathic treatments and chiropractic care can help expectant mothers enjoy a drug-free pregnancy.

During pregnancy, mothers are usually concerned about the possible threat conventional medication may pose to an unborn child. This is where homeopathy can help, as it can be used safely by pregnant or nursing mothers. Homeopathy works to balance the body’s natural defense system, allowing the body to heal itself – with no fear of harming the baby.

Homeopathy doesn’t just treat a symptom – such as nausea or constipation – it treats the pregnant mother as a whole person. Tailored remedies are chosen after a detailed consultation, which can include seemingly bizarre questions – such as whether you have hot feet, what you like to eat and what mood you’re in, among others.

Answers to these queries provide a homeopath with important information – imperative for establishing a complete picture and prescribing a correct remedy. With homeopathy, the same symptom can be treated with a wide variety of different remedies, depending on your unique susceptibility. Once the constitutional remedy has been identified, it works by stimulating the recipient’s healing potential, thereby restoring equilibrium.

Homeopathic treatment during pregnancy is a good way to ensure maximum health at the time of birth and prevent future problems. Physical changes also occur during pregnancy.

The pelvic area and posture adapt as the mother’s body creates a suitable environment in which the baby can develop, resulting in a protruding abdomen and increased back curve, which in turn may result in a misaligned spine or joint, causing neck and back pain or sciatica.

If the pelvis is misaligned it could reduce the amount of room available for a developing baby – known as intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis can also make it difficult for a baby to get into the best possible position for delivery, so it’s vital to establish pelvic balance and alignment during pregnancy. This is where regular chiropractic care can help.

Chiropractic analysis and adjustment enables a chiropractor to establish balance in a pregnant woman’s pelvis and spine. A balanced pelvis makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally – due to a reduction of undue stress to a woman’s uterus and supporting ligaments. This can translate into a shorter labour time of between 25 and 33 percent for first-time and subsequent deliveries respectively.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy also provides other potential benefits including: maintaining a healthier pregnancy, controlling nausea symptoms, increasing the likelihood of full-term delivery, reducing labour and delivery time, relieving back, neck or joint pain and even the potential prevention of a cesarean delivery.

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