A question often asked is whether upper cervical chiropractic care during pregnancy can help reduce certain after-birth complications, such as autism. New research has revealed that when one is stressed while being pregnant, whether it is emotional stress or stress due to an infection or illness, it can increase the chances autism may occur.
Autism is known for holding children back from socializing properly and causing them to not interpret their surroundings properly. It is likely, according to research, that certain genes trigger autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This is most likely to occur in the 10th and 24th weeks of pregnancy. However, these genes may be triggered anywhere from birth to age 6, as well. Not only do genes play a role in the development of autism but environmental risks also come into play. One of these is how high the stress level is for the mother-to-be.
How Does Stress Lead to Autism?
Stress can be due to an infection or an illness the mom contracts during her 2nd or 3rd trimester. If this occurs, the development of the baby’s brain can be delayed, leading the ASD genes in the fetus to possibly be triggered.
This is why it is so important for moms to do all they can to stay as healthy as possible throughout their entire pregnancy as it will ensure that their immune systems are working at their optimum. It may surprise you to learn that an immune system malfunction can occur if there is a problem with the brainstem and central nervous system. Why does this occur?
How Upper Cervical Chiropractic Helps with Autism
If either of the top bones of the spine, the C1 or C2 vertebra, have moved out of position, they can put pressure on the brainstem and negatively impact the central nervous system. It is important for pregnant women to come see us here at Living Well Chiropractic. We use a very gentle method to help the bones to realign themselves and help keep your immune system functioning at its very best.