Pregnancy puts excessive stress on the body of a mother. The body goes through many changes during a pregnancy, and these changes affect all areas of the body, pressure, pain and discomfort is often felt in the back and spine, especially during the later stages of pregnancy. The pelvic area goes through the most amount of stress during a pregnancy and can often times be left out of alignment once the delivery process is over. This is also true for the spine, neck and back. Many mothers, before, during and after pregnancy are turning to chiropractic care to alleviate pain or discomfort, to ease the birthing process and to correct any misalignment that has occurred during childbirth.
Is chiropractic care safe during pregnancy?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic treatment during pregnancy. In addition, chiropractic care during the actual labor and birth process itself has been found in studies to shorten labor time by 25 to 60 percent, reduce the amount of pain medication required, and help make the whole delivery process more comfortable.
Chiropractic is not only safe when you are pregnant, pregnancy may be one of the best times to receive chiropractic care. The changes that take place within the pregnant woman’s body are profound, and take place in a relatively short period of time. The additional stress placed on the body by the baby, combined with an average weight gain of 25 to 35 pounds, can result in considerable discomfort; studies have shown that at least half of expectant mothers develop back pain during their pregnancies.
All chiropractors receive training in how to work with pregnant women. Some use tables that can be adjusted to accommodate a pregnant woman’s changing body, and utilize techniques designed to avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.
Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby.
The following changes can result in misaligned spine or joints:
- Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
- Pelvic changes
- Postural adaptations
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 developing baby. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a normal non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
The Nervous System is the master communication system to all the body including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
What are the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential C-Section
What about chiropractic care and breech deliveries?
Webster Technique was developed to allow a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant women’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments.
This balance state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning.
It is normal by some for a baby to present breech until the 3rd 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 that 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
Want to know more?
If you are planning on becoming pregnant or you are an expecting mother contact Ascherl Chiropractic to talk about your options of care during your pregnancy and how it can benefit you and your baby’s health.
Call us today Dr Jeremy Ascherl in Winterset 515-462-4981 or Dr. Whitney Dawson in Earlham 515-963-6002.