When considering Chiropractic care during your pregnancy and for your newborn, you can feel confident that you are in good hands at CAP Wellness. Chiropractic care is very effective for pain (over half of pregnant women experience pain during the course of their pregnancy), but the real value of chiropractic is in allowing the body to adapt to stress and react more efficiently- essential for the time surrounding your pregnancy and birth!

New Patient Initial Consultation and Exam = $175

To get the required Health History forms that you will need to bring with you on your first visit here, go to this page:  Download Chiropractic Forms

Chiropractic Adjustment visits = $80

Dr. Jay Warren, DC

Dr. Jay Warren, DC

Prenatal & Pediatric Chiropractor

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Dr. Jay Warren has dedicated his career to helping people live happy and healthy lives. Born and raised in Southern California, he got his undergraduate degree in Biology from UC San Diego before attending Life Chiropractic College West and graduating Summa Cum Laude in March 2000.

In his first year as a chiropractor, Dr. Jay helped run a busy, bilingual clinic in Costa Rica, which grounded him in a family wellness oriented style of practice. He then returned to San Diego, CA in 2001 to open his own practice and has just celebrated his 15th year as a chiropractor.

Dr. Jay specializes in unique “light-force” techniques called Network Spinal Analysis and Activator instrument adjusting which uses light touches along the spine to release stress patterns in the body (watch this VIDEO where Dr. Jay explains more). This type of work naturally lends itself to working with pregnant women, infants and children. Dr. Jay has extensively studied prenatal, post-partum and infant adjusting chiropractic techniques through the ICPA (International Chiropractic Pediatric Association) and is certified in the Webster Technique.

Dr. Jay has served as a health & wellness advisor and writer for numerous health-oriented websites. He is also the host of the “Healthy Births, Happy Babies” PODCAST (available in iTunes, Stitcher and Google Play Music) where he interviews experts in the field of pregnancy, natural birth and children’s care.

Dr. Jay has also created the Connecting with Baby During Pregnancy online course guiding pregnant women in processes that strengthen the mother-child bond in-utero. This allows new moms to better soothe Baby and have more confidence as a parent in those first few weeks and months.

When not working with patients, Dr. Jay loves spending time with his 4 year old son, Niko and enjoys an active lifestyle as a surfer, a yogi and a volleyball player.


Dr. Kim McHugh

Dr. Kim McHugh

Prenatal & Pediatric Chiropractor

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Dr. Kim has made it a mission in life to CHECK as many babies for subluxation (fixation resulting in suboptimal function) as possible. Her own babies were checked within minutes of birth. Some babies may not need an adjustment, but the value is in checking them. Even the most uncomplicated births are traumatic for a baby’s delicate spine. There can be 50-60 pounds of pressure exerted on a baby’s head, neck, and spine during a vaginal delivery. Their delicate cartilaginous spines are great at adapting to these stresses, but sometimes they need a little help. An infant adjustment is very gentle and more about specificity than force. The amount of pressure used is about the same as one would use to check the ripeness of a tomato. Babies rely on the autonomic (subconscious) function and primitive reflexes for survival. These include: suckling, turning their head, respiration, digestion, bonding, eye contact, etc. The skull houses delicate cranial nerves that control these functions as well. Dr. Kim will preform a chiropractic specific newborn exam to determine what work, if any, your child may need. Dr. Kim is very comfortable examining your baby’s latch and making corrections if needed. It is very common to see resolution of digestive upsets, constipation, shallow or uneven latch, trouble turning to one side or the other, severe cranial molding (“cone head”), and trouble sleeping. Car seats are un-avoidable, but they also contribute to stresses on the delicate infant spine. Even the way to change your baby’s diaper can effect the function of the spine, Dr. Kim will address all of these concerns!

For babies born via c-section, cranial work can mimic the contractions they missed by not exiting the birth canal that help stimulate their nervous system. Upper cervical misalignment is also very common in these babies.

Again, something doesn’t have to be wrong to have your baby checked. Infant chiropractic is only going to get them functioning at their best. There are few honors in life as great as when new parents hand me their baby to get checked and I hold it dear to my heart!

Chiropractic Care removes the blockages that prevent your body from healing injuries and keeping your physiology balanced and healthy. When this interference is removed, you and your body can be as balanced and healthy as you are designed to be. Chiropractic does this by gently adjusting the spine to improve the function of the Nervous System which controls every function of the body. We believe everyone can benefit from making sure they have a clear Brain-Body connection free of interference.


PREGNANCY – During pregnancy, your body will go through dramatic changes over a short period of time. As your baby grows bigger with each passing month, it changes your center of gravity dramatically. This increases your spinal curves, alters your posture and makes it more difficult to move and stay balanced. This can aggravate previous joint injuries and can worsen existing pelvic distortions.

Chiropractic care throughout your pregnancy helps your body stay balanced and in alignment. Gentle adjustments can relieve and even prevent the pain and discomfort and keep your nervous system as stress-free as possible so it can coordinate and adapt to all of these changes during pregnancy (and beyond).

Studies have shown that chiropractic treatments help decrease labor times, decrease pain and decrease the amount of medical interventions needed by allowing the body to be more efficient in labor and delivery.


AFTER BIRTH CARE – Once baby arrives, parents tend to carry not only baby, but also cumbersome carriers, car seats, strollers, and diaper bags. This can eventually cause structural imbalances that lead to neck and back pain. Improper posture while nursing and feeding babies is also a common cause of neck strain and discomfort. Simple adjustments can make all the difference in your comfort and help you recover from labor and delivery more quickly.

CARE FOR BABY – Babies can go through a lot during a birth which can sometimes cause neck and spinal misalignment issues. One of the greatest gifts you can give your child is a strong foundation of health. Getting your baby’s spine checked for subluxation and correcting any birth trauma issues allows them to grow up strong and healthy. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can also help torticollis (abnormal, asymmetrical head or neck position), colic, recurring colds and illnesses, sleeping issues, and generally help soothe your baby.


There are many schools of thought and specialties within the field of Chiropractic. When considering Chiropractic care during your pregnancy and for your newborn, you can feel confident that you are in good hands at CAP Wellness. Chiropractic care is very effective for pain (over half of pregnant women experience pain during the course of their pregnancy), but the real value of chiropractic is in allowing the body to adapt to stress and react more efficiently- essential for the time surrounding your pregnancy and birth! The Webster Technique involves correcting any fixations within the pelvis and surrounding soft tissue. Dr. Kim is Webster Certified and has extensive training caring for pregnant women, newborns, and older kids. During pregnancy, a woman’s body goes through changes every single day. During the first trimester, a woman might feel low on energy, sick to their stomach, and sensitive emotions (and bladders). Chiropractic care during this time is all about balancing the nervous system, helping the Vagus Nerve (responsible for nausea) to relax, and keeping good communication between the brain and the reproductive organs and joints. They are housing something priceless, after-all! During the second trimester, women often feel wonderful, radiant, and are able to eat and get good rest. You and your baby will experience several growth spurts during this time, you might even hear friends and family saying “You popped” during this time. Each time your baby grows, your pelvis changes to accommodate him/her. Chiropractic care during this time allows proper nerve expression from brain to baby and reproductive organs (this is important before, during, and after your pregnancy), allows physical space for baby to grow and move, and allows for optimal positioning of baby. We would like to see baby head down around 28 weeks or sooner, as this is when the head becomes the heaviest part of your baby. If it’s not your first pregnancy, this may happen a little later. The head wants to migrate down towards the pelvis to prepare for birth. The uterus and sacrum are bound together by ligaments and soft tissue. Fixations in the sacrum and soft tissue of the pelvis can induce torsion on your uterus creating less room for and more tension for baby. When we remove fixations in the pelvis and other areas of the spine, we are allowing more space for baby to grow, move, and position themselves optimally. Third trimester moms really feel the reach of chiropractic. The center of gravity of your body changes dramatically during this time, commonly resulting in soreness and pain. Hormonal changes cause the ligaments in the body and pelvis to relax, so the pelvis will allow the passage of your baby. You might notice your toes pointing out and a “waddle” begin to develop. As the pelvis begins to relax, it is important to make sure there are no fixations so that baby can pass freely. Dr. Kim will also check to make sure the tailbone is shifting appropriately to allow room in the birth canal. Besides helping with back pain, chiropractic aids in round ligament pain. Round ligament pain feels like a shooting pain into the groin and can be disconcerting for some moms. Braxton Hicks contractions increase during the third trimester and can be harmless and routine or brought on by stress or dehydration. Making sure the pelvis is ready for delivery can really cut down on instances of back labor, dystocia, mal-positioned baby; and shortening labor for some. Women under chiropractic care during their pregnancy often experience the following benefits: Less back pain, relief from round ligament syndrome, reduction in instances of preeclampsia, shorter labor, less back labor, and they often use less pain medicine during delivery. After the birth they may experience: better regulation of milk supply, reduced instance of post postpartum depression and/or “baby blues”, and less discomfort during breastfeeding. Recommendations about nutrition, stretching, sleeping and sitting positions, and exercise will be made throughout the course of care. These are seen as ways of investing in your adjustment and your health. The value of an adjustment comes from HOLDING it, not receiving it. You heal in-between adjustments and these are things you can do to make yourself more comfortable and protect your adjustment.


535 Encinitas Blvd, Suite 115
Encinitas, CA 92024