Chiropractic care can help keep the body in healthy alignment during pregnancy.
When a woman becomes pregnant, it can be a very exciting experience in her life. From the time a baby is conceived, a woman’s body undergoes numerous changes. Chiropractic care can help give mothers-to-be the reassurance they need to ensure that their body is in optimal health for when they deliver their baby. Anyone who is pregnant is wise to ask if a treatment is safe during pregnancy. The health and well-being of mother and child are, understandably, of the greatest importance. All chiropractors are trained to treat patients through pregnancy, though some have received additional training specific to prenatal treatment.
This can reduce pain and discomfort, while also helping to keep the body in the best possible condition for natural childbirth. Other benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include promoting overall health, controlling nausea, and reducing labor and delivery pain—and possibly preventing the need for a cesarean delivery. Carrying a child affects the distribution of weight on the body, balance and posture. There are also changes in the pelvic area to facilitate childbirth. Sleeping position may be affected, as may sitting posture. Regular exercise may cease or be modified. Routine actions like picking things up may require a different position or cause struggle. All of these may result in strain and misalignment.
Prenatal chiropractic work focuses on the balance of the pelvis.
This is often done using the Webster Technique. By balancing the pelvis it allows for the unborn child to have the maximum room for movement and growth. A chiropractor can tell if the triangular base of the spine (the sacrum) is tilted, causing a ligament to be pulled in one direction and limiting that side of the uterus. When this goes uncorrected, the baby may stay in a breech position or facing the wrong way, could cause excruciating “back labor.” Reducing the likelihood of these problems also reduces the risk of a cesarean or the need for painkillers.