Table Of Content

The #1 Thing I Did For The Health Of My Baby During Pregnancy

Updated Jul 10, 2024

Table Of Content

Are you dreaming of a smooth pregnancy, an empowering birth experience, and a healthy, thriving baby? As you start on the journey of parenthood, you’re likely searching for ways to give your child the best possible start in life. What if we told you that one of the most crucial factors in your baby’s health is something you might not have considered before? It’s your nervous system, and understanding its role could be the key to transforming your pregnancy and your baby’s future.

The Hidden Impact of Stress on Your Baby

Let’s start with a startling fact: prenatal stress and birth trauma are among the top reasons babies struggle in their first few years of life. From colic and constipation to sleep issues and sensory challenges, many common infant challenges can be traced back to stress experienced during pregnancy or a difficult birth.

As pediatric chiropractors, we often hear stories from mothers that all share a common thread:

“I was so stressed out during pregnancy.” “My birth was traumatic. The doctor had to pull so hard to get the baby out.” “I lost a loved one while I was pregnant.” “This is my rainbow baby after several miscarriages.”

These experiences of stress and trauma don’t just affect the mother – they can have a lasting impact on a baby’s developing nervous system. In fact, we’re seeing an alarming trend in our PX Doc offices across the country. Children who struggled with colic, eczema, and sleep challenges as babies are now being diagnosed with conditions like Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Autism as they grow older.

The State of Maternal Care in America

Before we dive into the drug-free answers that you’ve been searching for, let’s take a moment to understand the bigger picture. The United States spends nearly $100 billion on birth each year, yet our maternal and infant outcomes rank 55th in the world, which is LAST in developed countries. Here are some wild statistics:

  • 1 in 3 American women have a C-Section (the World Health Organization recommends 10-15% at most)
  • 70-75% of American women receive an epidural
  • 31% of women are induced
  • 1 out of 7 American women experience a postpartum mood and anxiety disorder

While we’re grateful for emergency medical care when it’s truly needed, these numbers suggest that we’re over-medicalizing pregnancy and birth. For low-risk pregnancies, too much interference can lead to a cascade of interventions, potentially contributing to the “Perfect Storm” of symptoms and diagnoses we’re seeing in our practices.

The Good News: You Can Make a Difference

While we can’t control everything that happens during pregnancy, we can take steps to help our nervous systems process stress more effectively. By doing so, both you and your baby can become more adaptable and resilient to life’s challenges.

Here are four key tips to help you prepare for a healthier pregnancy and baby:

  1. Empower Yourself with Knowledge

Have you heard the saying that birth is 80% mental and 20% physical? The more you know about pregnancy and birth, the more confident and prepared you’ll feel. Connect with other parents who share your birth philosophy. Knowledge truly is power when it comes to pregnancy and birth. 

  1. Start Preparing Before Conception

If you’re planning to have a baby, begin working on your health AT LEAST 3-6 months before trying to conceive, and even more in advance depending on the parents’ health history. This applies to both mom and dad! Your baby’s health starts with the health of both parents, even before conception.

  1. Find Your Support Circle

Surround yourself with people who support your vision for birth. This includes friends, family, and prenatal providers who align with your goals. Don’t be afraid to set boundaries with those who share negative birth stories or undermine your confidence. Choose care providers who listen to your concerns, answer your questions respectfully, and support your birth preferences.

  1. Focus on Nervous System Health

This is the most crucial tip of all. A healthy, adaptable nervous system can help you process stress and trauma more effectively, benefiting both you and your baby. But what exactly does this mean, and how can you achieve it?

Why Your Nervous System Matters Most

Your nervous system is the master control center of your body. It controls every cell, organ, and tissue – including your reproductive system. It regulates your hormones and determines how your body responds to stress. When your nervous system is functioning optimally, you’re better equipped to handle the challenges of pregnancy, birth, and beyond.

Many people blame hormones for everything from mood swings to fertility struggles. While hormones do play a crucial role, it’s important to remember that the nervous system is what regulates hormone production and release. By focusing on nervous system health, we’re addressing the root cause of many pregnancy-related challenges.

Moreover, your baby’s nervous system development is closely tied to yours. The experiences and stresses you encounter during pregnancy can shape your baby’s developing nervous system. By taking care of your own nervous system health, you’re directly influencing your baby’s future health and well-being.

Assessing and Improving Your Nervous System Health

So, how can you tell if your nervous system is ready for the journey of pregnancy and parenthood? One key measure is Heart Rate Variability (HRV). HRV is a powerful indicator of how well your nervous system adapts to stress.

At PX Docs, we use advanced technology to measure your HRV and perform other non-invasive INSiGHT scans. These tests give us a valuable understanding of how your nervous system is functioning and adapting to stress. We can see how your brain is communicating with the rest of your body, where you might be storing stress or trauma, and how effectively your system is processing various life stressors.

With this information, we can create a customized care plan to optimize your nervous system health before and during pregnancy. 

When your nervous system is functioning optimally, you may experience:

  • Improved fertility and easier conception
  • Reduced pregnancy discomforts like morning sickness and back pain
  • Lower risk of pregnancy complications
  • Easier labor and delivery
  • Faster postpartum recovery
  • Reduced risk of postpartum depression and anxiety

For your baby, the benefits can be even more profound. A well-functioning maternal nervous system can contribute to:

  • Optimal fetal development
  • Reduced risk of colic and digestive issues
  • Better sleep patterns
  • Improved immune function
  • Enhanced neurological development

Remember, you have the power to positively impact your baby’s nervous system even before birth. It’s an incredible opportunity to give your child the best possible start in life.

We’re here to support you every step of the way. Let’s work together to create the healthiest possible start for your baby and set the stage for a lifetime of wellness for your entire family. If you are not local to us, please check out the PX Docs directory to find an office local to you!

PX Docs has established sourcing guidelines and relies on relevant, and credible sources for the data, facts, and expert insights and analysis we reference. You can learn more about our mission, ethics, and how we cite sources in our editorial policy.

Latest Articles
  • Articles
  • E
  • The #1 Thing I Did For The Health Of My Baby During Pregnancy

Find A PX Doc

Enter your location in the search below and find a PX Doc near you!

Related Articles

Back To Articles