Pregnancy & Chiropractic Care In West Des Moines

Chiropractic care for healthier pregnancies and safer births in West Des Moines IA.

The physical stress of pregnancy can lead to a great deal of discomfort. It's common for women to seek chiropractic during pregnancy regularly for low back pain, as well as other related issues, such as sciatica, leg cramps and constipation. This can lead to difficulty performing daily tasks as well as difficulties in labor.

Chiropractic during pregnancy in can be an outstanding source of relief for back pain. Many women also comment that the birthing process was easier after having undergone chiropractic treatments.

Chiropractor West Des Moines IA Josiah Fitzsimmons Prenatal CarePrenatal Chiropractic in West Des Moines

During pregnancy, a woman’s body is undergoing a number of different changes to accommodate the growing baby. As the baby grows, a mother’s center of gravity shifts to the front of her pelvis, resulting in added stress and discomfort in the lower back and the various joints of the pelvis. At the peak of pregnancy, resulting from the associated weight gain, the curve in the lower back (lordotic curve) can increase to the point of causing serious impact on the vertebral joints, the sacrum, and the hip joints.

The nerves that travel to all other parts of the body have their origin in the spine. When the spine is compressed, these nerves can become irritated causing the pain to radiate to other areas of the body. Sciatica is a condition commonly stimulated by pregnancy, involving pain that radiates from the lower back all the way down the legs.

If a previous issue exists with the alignment of the spine, and there has been a history of lower back problems, pregnancy will often aggravate the condition. Pregnancy can cause the spine to become misaligned to the point that it does not simply go back into place once the pregnancy is complete. This can make the tasks that become necessary once the child is born, such as carrying a baby on your front or back, breast-feeding, and bending over to lift and pick things up, painfully difficult.

Chiropractor West Des Moines IA Sean Ellingworth Prenatal CareHow Chiropractic Care Makes A Better Pregnancy

For The Mother

  • Prepares for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance.
  • Removes tension on the ligaments that support the uterus, thus reducing torsion (*intrauterine constraint) to the uterus.
  • Removes interference to her vital nervous system, which controls and coordinates all of her systems and body functions.
  • Allows for a safe and efficient birth by decreasing the potential for interventions.

For The Baby

  • Removes nerve interference, allowing for better fetal development.
  • Allows room to grow without restrictions to the forming cranium, spine, and other skeletal structures.
  • Offers room to move into the best position for birth.
  • With proper fetal positioning, there is a significant decrease in birthing difficulties and the resulting birth trauma caused by intervention (c-section, forceps, vacuum extraction).

How Chiropractic Care Can Benefit Pregnancy

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can have many benefits. Chiropractic practitioners can provide safe and effective personalized care throughout your pregnancy and in the postpartum period. A thorough examination will determine the best treatment to address your discomfort and prepare the body for the height of pregnancy and childbirth. There are specialized adjustment methods to accommodate pregnancy. These treatments may reduce the need for pain medications throughout the delivery as well as help to reduce labor time. Follow up treatments can assist in realigning the body after the pregnancy and speed up the transition to a healthy post-pregnancy body.

  1. Research proves it can speed up labor and delivery times up to 60%
  2. Helps align the pelvic, which helps the baby get in the proper position for the birth process
  3. Helps maintain a healthier pregnancy
  4. Helps control symptoms of nausea
  5. Relieves low back, neck, joint, and sciatica pain during pregnancy

Chiropractic West Des Moine IA Success Story Pregnancy Rae JennaPregnancy & Child Birth Success Stories

“When I was 6 months pregnant I experienced low back pain, constipation, and difficulty sitting or driving for more than 30 minutes. I had difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep as well. Before pregnancy I experienced 5 miscarriages in a row and doctors couldn’t find anything physically wrong to cause it.

When I finally got pregnant I decided to start chiropractic care and was able to carry full term with no issues! I had previously done traditional chiropractic care and it was so painful and never seemed to helped. When I started neurological based care I was skeptical, but wanted to give it a try. Now I look forward to coming and knowing I will feel better and better.

My results since starting have been life changing. I feel better and had a smooth pregnancy and a healthy natural birth because of Vero Health Center.”

- Rae Jenna

"Dr. Josiah and his team are wonderful! They all have servant hearts and want the best for their practice members. Dr. Josiah is thorough in his checks to ensure your functioning well. At the same time, he wants to respect your time and get you taken care of as efficiently as possible." 

- Hilary

Resources For Expecting Moms To Help Improve Pregnancy

Complete Pregnancy Guide:

In our thorough guide to pregnancy and chiropractic, we walk you through the impact pregnancy can have on your body, specifically the spine and central nervous system. We will explain how chiropractic care can help foster a safe and healthy pregnancy and often lead to easier births.

Nutrition During Pregnancy:

Pregnant women know that diet is important for the proper development of their baby, but they aren’t sure what exactly should be eaten on a pregnancy diet. There are also misconceptions about how many extra calories should be consumed in a day, and what foods shouldn’t be eaten during pregnancy.

Here is a complete guide to what you should or shouldn’t be eating as well as an overview of the nutrients necessary to maintain a healthy pregnancy:

Exercising During Pregnancy:

If you are or have ever been pregnant in West Des Moines, it’s no surprise to you that back pain and pregnancy go hand-in-hand. Upwards of 80% of women will experience back pain at some point during their pregnancy from mild discomfort to debilitating pain.

In our office, we see women trying to become pregnant, while they're pregnant and post pregnancy. Our job is to help minimize your pain, while maximizing your quality of life. Having a strong back and spine are critical steps to this effort.

Here are a few simple exercises pregnant women can do to strengthen their back:


At Vero Health Center, we are a Des Moines area chiropractor dedicated to helping our patients live the life they deserve through neurologically-based chiropractic care.!

If you’re a new patient, click here or call us at (515) 422-9552 to learn about the special offer we have right now that will help you start living the life you deserve!

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Vero Health Center
630 S 50th St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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