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The impact of prenatal stress on a developing baby

March 11, 20244 min read

Nurturing Your Baby's Nervous System:
A Guide for Expectant Mothers

Pregnancy is a whirlwind of emotions – joy, excitement, and yes, even a touch of anxiety about your baby's health and future. You might wonder if your stress levels could impact your little one's development, specifically their nervous system.

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The good news is, recent research and technological advancements offer you the opportunity to play an active role in shaping your baby's neural health from the very beginning. One innovative approach involves heart rate variability (HRV) tracking, which provides valuable insights into fetal well-being.

Alex's Story

Long before her beautiful baby Boden was concieved, Alex began preparing her body for the pregnancy that she dreamed of. Among the first things she prioritized was beginning Neurologically-Focused Chiropractic care. She started visiting a well trained prenatal chiropractor in order to optimize her health since she knew that the best environment to grow a baby was one that is well regulated and well balanced. After conceiving, she continued chiropractic care through the 9 months of her pregnancy, ensuring that her body was in the best condition and well prepared for labor and delivery. When her sweet baby Boden arrived, they welcomed him into the world with ease, a testament to Alex's proactive approach in her perinatal journey of wellness.

Boden had his very first adjustment at only 3 days old since Alex and her husband knew the importance of building his life on a strong foundation. Chiropractic care has helped Boden through improving his latch during breastfeeding, addressing newborn discomforts from the hardships of labor, and other crucial aspects of his early development.

Alex and Griffin have been over the moon with joy over the impact that Neurologically focused Chiropractic care has had on their family's journey- starting with Alex far before she conceived. She has expressed so much joy and wanted to share her take in the importance of being proactive in health, from preconception to parenthood!

Understanding the Science

Alex and Boden's story is amazing and stresses the importance of a well balanced nervous system during preconception through pregnancy and beyong.

The autonomic nervous system plays a vital role in supporting fetal growth and regulating conditions within the womb. It acts as the command center and ensures your growing baby is receiving the nutrients and oxygen needed, alongside maintaining a healthy heartbeat and fetal development.

Your nervous system is the overseing control board that ensures the proper development of the baby's brain, organs, and tissues. Your baby's nervous system is connected to yours via the umbilical cord, passing on not only DNA, but also stress signals.

This means that if the mom is experiencing high levels of stress, anxiety, and overwhelm, this fight or flight response can be passed to and shared with your baby, potentially impacting developmental milestones. This high level of stress and tension can play a role in emotional regulation and sensory processing even before the baby is born. This can lead to birth complications and interventions.

So, how can you actively nurture your baby's nervous system during pregnancy?

1. Prioritize your well-being. Research suggests that managing stress and anxiety can positively impact your baby's neurological development. Consider techniques like breathing exercises, mindfulness training, and stress management programs.

2. Understand the connection. Your nervous system is intricately connected to your baby's via the umbilical cord. This means your baby shares not only your genes but also your stress signals.

3. Explore emerging technologies. HRV tracking, a non-invasive method, can offer valuable information about your baby's nervous system function. Higher HRV is associated with better outcomes, while lower readings can indicate potential challenges. Having this knowledge and insight can assist your neurologically focused chiropractor to find the areas of built up stress and tension within the Mom, calm the stressors and anxiety, and ensure baby is developing without stress within the womb.

Alex and Griffin's story serves as a beautiful example of how proactive care can benefit both mother and baby.

By prioritizing your well-being, staying informed, and working with qualified professionals, you can empower yourself to actively nurture your baby's nervous system and embark on a joyful and well-informed parenting journey.

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