Many expecting mothers find themselves suffering from chronic neck or back pain that can result from weight gain and altered biomechanics during pregnancy. Pregnancy causes a woman’s center of gravity to shift forward to the front of her pelvis. Although the sacrum-or posterior section of the pelvis-has enough depth to enable a women to carry a baby, the displaced weight still places stress on her joints and spine. As the baby grows in the womb, the woman’s weight is increasingly projected forward, curving the lower back and placing extra stress on the spinal disks. To compensate, the curvature of the upper spine increases, as well. Combined, these two ailments can cause a great deal of pain and if left alone, may complicate a pregnancy and make delivery harder and more painful.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy helps maintain and improve the balance and alignment of your spine and pelvis. While this can alleviate pain and keep your spinal alignment in check, it can also help your baby assume the optimal birthing position and reduce the risk of your baby being breech. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that is often performed on pregnant women to reduce the risk of a breech baby. The Webster Technique reduces interference to the nervous system and helps to balance the pelvis, muscles and ligaments. It helps relieve intrauterine constraint and allows the fetus to move more freely in the womb. It can also help breech babies convert back to the optimal birthing position if started as soon as you find out your baby is breech.
Regular chiropractic adjustments can result in an easier pregnancy, a significantly decreased labor time, and assists new mothers back to prepartum health. Case studies have shown that women who regularly visited a chiropractor during pregnancy had 24% faster labor times than women who did not receive chiropractic care prior to delivery. Additionally, 84% of women in the same case study reported their back and neck pains were alleviated through chiropractic manipulation.
If you are interested in seeing how chiropractic care can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery, visit a chiropractor who is trained through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) or has experience working with patients during pregnancy. Bluestone Chiropractic Group has doctors and several locations who are members or renowned chiropractic organizations and have experience in pediatric chiropractic.