Chiropractic care can be a wonderful, drug-free resource for pregnant moms. During pregnancy there are many changes happening to the mom as her baby develops: the lumbar curve increases as the abdomen protrudes, overall pelvic alignment shifts, and the posture adapts to a new center of gravity – all of which can result in additional stress on the spine, misaligned vertebrae or joints, and a general buildup of stress, pain and tension.
A Chiropractor is trained to gently examine the spine and determine if spinal misalignments and nerve stress may be negatively affecting the developing pregnancy. When the spinal bones are lined up right and moving correctly, moms often experience less pain and greater ease with the changes they are going through. Chiropractic can also release intrauterine constraint, allowing more room for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. And this can support a mom’s ability to have a more comfortable, non-invasive birth.
And as stress is released from the mom’s body and nerves with gentle adjustments, the baby will benefit from fewer stress signals too – even enhancing brain development.
Potential benefits of Chiropractic care during pregnancy include controlling nausea, relieving back, neck or joint pain, maintaining a healthier pregnancy overall and reducing the time of labor and delivery.
For babies that present breech, Dr. Laura is certified in the Webster technique: The late Larry Webster, D.C., founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), 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 has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique. This technique is a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function for pregnant mothers. In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal vertex position. This technique has been successfully used with women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. It has also successfully been used with twins.