We are a clinic that understands what it feels like to be pregnant!  All of our professionals and office goddesses who work at Blessingways are parents - indeed, together, we have a total of 24 children, 2 grandchildren and rack up an impressive 301 years of parenting experience!

If you, or someone you know, is pregnant and uncomfortable, we help to relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy and postpartum recovery, it's that simple.  Please don't suffer needlessly during your pregnancy - we are just a phone call away. 

These are the services that we offer our pregnant moms:

Chiropractic

Chiropractic care facilitates a more comfortable transition from early to late term pregnancy and through to postpartum recovery. The goals of Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy are to ease the pregnant woman’s areas of discomfort and to help promote a more stable pelvis. A study done in 1990 showed that women who were under Chiropractic care throughout their pregnancies had reduced labour times. First time moms experienced 25% less time in labour and birth and moms with previous babies averaged 31% shorter labour times. Another study done in 1991 showed that women who experienced back pain during their pregnancies had a 72% chance of having back labour during labour and birth. Back labour isn’t pleasant and Chiropractic care can help ease back pain.

Chiropractors are interested in relieving your aches and pains throughout your pregnancy and during your postpartum period. Immediately after birth, your body experiences another great posture change and your back needs to adapt to not having a pregnant belly anymore. The posture of breastfeeding can cause great discomfort in the midback, especially between the shoulder blades. There is the constant lifting, bending, stooping, carrying the car seat about, rocking, walking and so on. Life with a new baby is definitely another time where chiropractic care can help your body more easily. Once again, we keep the fixed or subluxated areas of your spine moving smoothly.

Acupuncture

For many women, the excitement of learning you have become pregnant soon diminishes when the first signs of morning sickness arise. This is one of many common complaints seen in clinic and can be effectively treated and managed using acupuncture. However, there are many other complaints and discomforts that can be addressed including:

  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Digestive issues including indigestion and constipation
  • Insomnia or poor sleep
  • Low back pain and sciatic
  • Tension in neck, shoulders, and hips
  • Headaches
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Edema

Other Pregnancy-Related Conditions

More complex conditions can also be treated using acupuncture and TCM and are commonly seen in a clinic setting, these include but are not limited to:

Breech presentation: The use of acupuncture and moxa have been highly successful in encouraging the baby to turn to correct position

Hypertension: Acupuncture and regular treatments aid to stabilize the blood pressure
Induction: A very popular alternative to encouraging the onset of labour, Dr. Li-Broussard has assisted many women in promoting labour for post dates and other urgent concerns that require induction.

Slow or stalled labour: Acupuncture can also be used to increase frequency and intensity of contractions for slow or stalled labour.

Massage Therapy

During pregnancy, especially the third trimester, it can be quite tiring to move a belly with a baby in it around all day. Getting up from sitting, walking, bending over and turning over in bed become such monumental tasks, that many of us try not to as much as we can.

Massage during pregnancy is a wonderful, wonderful thing. It pampers you and helps to soothe tired, aching muscles, especially in the neck, shoulders and low back. In your early pregnancy, you might lie face down on a pregnancy table that opens to provide space for your belly. During the latter half of your pregnancy, you will most likely lie on your side during your massage. Pregnant women who are massaged throughout their pregnancy enjoy comfort, relaxation and the added benefits of:

•    Better sleep
•    Decreased stress levels
•    Less anxiety
•    Improved mood
•    Improved circulation
•    Less swelling of the hands, legs and feet

CranioSacral Therapy

Craniosacral Therapy (CST) assists the pregnant woman along her journey into motherhood by releasing restrictions in the pelvis that balances the pelvis, ligaments and uterus easing pain.  This co-creates an optimal birth experience for both mother and baby.  A primary focus is to release restrictions in the pelvis to resolve back and hip pain tension to prepare for an ideal optimal labor and delivery as well as a deep and loving connection between mother and baby.  CST also works directly with the baby’s cranioscaral system assisting them in-utero as well as making their environment ideal for a healthy pregnancy.  The earlier in the pregnancy the better the results.

Reflexology

Many of us are familiar with images of the reflexology charts but have yet to experience a visit with a qualified reflexologist. By stimulating certain points on the feet, ankles and lower legs using varying degrees of manual pressure, this can evoke responses in other areas of the body. During the gestation period, there are specific areas known to help relax the pelvic floor, stimulate the release of hormones, and as the end of pregnancy nears, there are points that are known to stimulate uterine contractions.

Prenatal Nutrition

If there is ever a time when nutrition is of critical importance, it is before, during pregnancy and while breastfeeding!  Everything a pregnant woman eats, or does not eat, will affect her developing child.  Nutritional requirements change for pregnant and lactating women, and if there are underlying conditions or dietary restrictions due to allergies, celiac disease, crohn’s, etc., then it is even more important to seek help to ensure that your baby is developing properly.  From day 1, the developing baby requires certain nutrients, vitamins and minerals to ensure that he/she develops properly. 

Brandy can help you give your baby his/her best start in life by helping you with your nutrition during this critical stage.  You really are eating for two – but do not need to double your caloric intake.  Often women will use this time in life to overindulge because they are “eating for two” and then are shocked to find themselves having a hard time shedding the extra pounds after baby arrives.  By paying attention to nutrition during pregnancy, you will not only provide your baby with all that he/she requires to develop properly, but will also give yourself the gift of health afterwards so that you are able to keep up physically and emotionally with the demands of a newborn.