Receiving chiropractic care is a gentle and irreplaceable form of health
care during and throughout pregnancy. It significantly contributes to a
safer and easier delivery for both the mother and baby. Chiropractic care
has been shown to decrease labor time, reduce the need for pain medications,
and help reduce the incidence of post-partum depression in new mothers.
Chiropractic can also help with problems like heart- burn, morning sickness,
low back pain, breech babies, sciatica, swollen ankles and feet, headaches,
The mother's spine and pelvis undergo many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby, and the risk of interference to her nervous system increases as pregnancy continues. Specific chiropractic care throughout pregnancy enhances nervous system function, providing greater a health potential for both the mother and baby.
Another important reason for care throughout pregnancy is to help establish balance in the mother's pelvis. Because of a lifetime of stress and trauma to her spine and pelvis, her pelvic opening may be compromised, resulting in a less than optimum passage for the baby. Chiropractors define this displacement/ deformation as spinal misalignment or subluxation.
Additionally, the woman's pelvis supports her growing uterus with specific ligaments. If the bones of the pelvis are out of alignment or subluxated, this will cause asymmetrical ligament support of the uterus. The resulting torque on the uterus can reduce the room available for the developing baby.
This is called intrauterine constraint. These limitations on the baby's movement during pregnancy may prevent him/her from getting into the best possible position for birth. Anything other than the ideal vertex position of the baby indicates the inhibiting effects of constraint. Such positions lead to longer more painful labors with increased medical interventions (ie drugs, procedures) in birth.
A chiropractor is trained in special techniques that address spinal or pelvic misalignments. He or she will work to eliminate them by using gentle, low force and specific chiropractic adjustments. In most cases, correcting
these conditions improves function and allows a breech baby to turn ALL BY ITSELF, into the vertex position.