Pregnancy and Chiropractic Medicine |
Why should I receive chiropractic care during pregnancy?
In addition to the noticeable changes pregnancy causes in a woman's body, pregnancy can cause subtle changes in the musculo-skeletal system; changes your chiropractor can detect and correct. Because the baby lies forward in the woman's body during pregnancy, her center of gravity shifts and the spine alters itself to accommodate this change. As a result, many expectant mothers may experience low back and pelvic pain. These physiological changes, along with the pain and other effects they can cause, can be relieved with regular chiropractic care.
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned, it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to move into the best possible position for delivery. Chiropractic adjustments can help achieve pelvic balance and alignment.
Additionally, it is especially important during pregnancy that nerve impulses flow from the brain to all parts of the body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation that greatly impairs the body's communication system. Using gentle spinal adjustments, a chiropractor can relieve this nerve irritation, allowing the body to work as it is intended to work! At Lakeshore Chiropractic, Dr. Mionie will use special, modified techniques during your pregnancy to perform your spinal adjustments.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide strong benefits for women who are pregnant. Some of these benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
• Relieving back, neck or joint pain
• Controlling symptoms of nausea
• Reducing labor and delivery time
• Preventing a potential cesarean section
• Maintaining an overall healthier pregnancy
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
The answer is yes. There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care during pregnancy. Most chiropractors are trained to work with women during pregnancy. Some chiropractors have also continued their training to learn specific adjustment techniques, such as the Webster Technique, to optimize their skills to care for women during pregnancy and after the birth of her baby. There is now growing evidence to show that a woman investing in chiropractic health during pregnancy or while trying to conceive is beneficial.
Chiropractors that have been trained to work with women during their pregnancy may use specialized equipment such as tables and specialized pillows that adjust for a pregnant woman's body. This equipment assists the doctor in avoiding placement of unneeded pressure on the spine and abdomen.
Most chiropractors who are versed in the needs of pregnant women will also provide you with exercises and stretches that are safe to use during pregnancy and compliment any adjustments made to your spine.
What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?
The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman's pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis makes it easier for a breech baby to turn naturally. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.
It is considered normal by some for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique. Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. Optimal positioning of the baby at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both mother and baby.
Talk to Dr. Mionie at Lakeshore Chiropractic
As more women are seeking the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy, Webster Technique trained Doctors of Chiropractic, like Dr. Russell Mionie, are effectively caring for and improving the health of pregnant women. If you are not yet familiar with the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy or would like to find out more, please feel free to ask Dr. Mionie. Most importantly for the health of both you and the baby, we recommend that you seek options that support your body's natural abilities to function and find a team of providers who are respectful of your choices.