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We LOVE Helping Expectant Mommy’s!
“Being uncomfortable during pregnancy is normal.” Have you heard this statement before?
Most people would say that they have, but this doesn’t have to be your normal. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy has shown to help relieve symptoms of discomfort as well as help balance your pelvis and pelvic musculature to ensure optimal room for baby to grow and move into the best possible position for birth.
The physiological changes that accompany pregnancy is nothing short of amazing!
What changes occur in a women’s body when she becomes pregnant?
Pregnancy puts extra stress on your spine, alters your center of gravity, widens your rib cage, increases the pressure placed on your discs and facet joints, tilts your pelvis forward, therefore pulling your sacrum anterior. All these changes progress with pregnancy and can contribute to you feeling uncomfortable and in pain.
Frequently Asked Questions
Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy
What are the benefits to being under regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy?
The potential benefits to the mother under regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy include:
preparing the pelvis for an easier pregnancy and birth by creating a state of balance in the pelvic bony structures, muscles and ligaments.
reducing torsion to the ligaments that support the uterus, thus potentially reducing aberrant tension to the women’s uterus.
reducing interference to the mother’s vital nerve system which controls and co-ordinates all of her systems and function.
By improving maternal function we are decreasing the potential for unnecessary intervention.
What are the benefits of regular chiropractic care for my baby during pregnancy?
The potential benefits to the baby when the mother is under regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy include:
Pelvic balance allows the baby greater room to develop without restrictions to its forming cranium, spine and other skeletal structures.
Offers optimal room for baby to move into the best possible position for birth.
With proper fetal positioning there is the potential to decrease dystocia (failure to progress during labor) and the resulting birth trauma caused by interventions.
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that corrects for sacral subluxations tin a women’s pelvis to reduce interference to the nerve system and balance maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint for the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth. Optimal fetal positioning may lead to a safer, easier birth.
There are two steps to the Webster technique:
First step involves the doctor determining if there is a subluxation within the women’s pelvis, most commonly within the sacrum (triangular bone that sits between the two pelvic bones), this is done by the doctor using their hands to determining if there is abnormal motion and position within the pelvic joints. If the doctor determines that there is abnormal motion and position, the doctor will them perform a specific chiropractic adjustment to the area to correct for the subluxation. This correction is done by the chiropractor applying a downward motion into the pelvis and using a specific chiropractic table to aid in the correction by allowing gravity to assist. This technique is very safe, gentle and effective in correcting for pelvic subluxations in an expectant mommy’s pelvis.
Second step involves checking for round ligament contraction. The round ligament is a ligament that extends from the lateral portion of the uterus with it’s fibers attaching to the pelvis. The round ligament prevents the uterus from moving posterior, keeping it in a normal anterior position. Unilateral tension in the round ligament is thought to increase the total torque on the uterus, thus decreasing optimal space for baby to move, grow and get into optimal position for labor and delivery. *Round ligament contraction is most commonly found on the opposite side of the rotated sacrum. Correction involves the doctor using a thumb contact on the round ligament, meeting with it’s resistance, and waiting for a give in the tenseness.
Is it important to see a chiropractor after giving birth?
Absolutely! Giving birth is one of the hardest things placed on a women’s body, a human comes through your pelvis, During the delivery of your baby your pelvis actually widens and slightly separates to allow for your baby to pass through. Sometimes your pelvis doesn’t always align properly after your baby is born, which is why many women experience pain and discomfort afterwards. If you have had a child and feel that your body hasn’t been the same since, call and schedule an appointment to see if a misalignment is the cause of your pain/ discomfort.
Call to schedule your prenatal visit today @ 204-396-5263