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The Role of Chiropractic in Pregnancy

“Not only did your care relieve me completely of my back and pelvic pain for the duration of my pregnancy but I am certain that our treatment sessions were key in helping the baby move into that ideal position. My labour was just as I had hoped being totally free of any interventions or drugs with what could only be described that day by the nurses as a text book birth spiral and delivery.”

Colleen H., Evolve Patient

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To read about Colleen’s experience with prenatal chiropractic, visit her full testimonial here

More mothers are discovering that prenatal chiropractic care can play a vital role in maintaining a healthier pregnancy and experiencing an overall easier birth.

How Chiropractic Care Provides Comfort During Pregnancy

A woman’s body is continually changing during the course of her pregnancy, resulting in discomfort that makes it difficult to perform even the most basic of daily activities.

Pre-existing but unnoticed imbalances in the spine and pelvis become stressed during pregnancy, resulting in chronic discomfort and pain. As a woman’s body prepares for birth, many physiological and hormonal changes take place as well. Chiropractic care can provide relief, and even prevent, common discomforts spurred by these changes.

Benefits

Some of the top benefits of receiving chiropractic care during and after pregnancy include:

• Relief and reduction of back pain, sciatica, and pelvic pain
• Relief of shoulder blade pain and upper back pain
• Relief of discomfort from postural changes associated with weight gain
• Relief of heartburn, nausea, constipation, indigestion, shortness of breath, frequent urination
• Optimizes pelvis alignment to facilitate the baby’s comfort and growth
• Prevents the likelihood of intrauterine constraint and resulting poor foetal positioning breech positioning via Webster Technique
• Restores pelvic balance to reduce the need for intervention during the birth process
• Renews proper nervous system function improving a mother’s ability to birth naturally
• Assists in breastfeeding efficacy and comfort

Is it Safe?

Absolutely! In fact, pregnancy may be one of the most ideal times for a mother and infant to receive chiropractic care. During pregnancy, very gentle chiropractic techniques are used and adapted to a mother’s size, weight and condition. To ensure a comfortable and relaxing experience for the mother, special pillows are utilized during the adjustment.

The Ideal Time for Pre-Natal Chiropractic Care

The ideal time to be evaluated and begin chiropractic care is before pregnancy or in its early stages in order to avoid negative consequences of pre-existing spine and pelvic imbalances.
Poor pelvic alignment may not only result in your physical discomfort, but may also interfere with your baby’s comfort and growth in utero, possibly leading to nerve dysfunction or foetal mal position (ie. breech). Further, pelvic imbalance has also been associated with difficult labours. Ultimately, pre-natal care is key for prevention.

Correcting pre-existing pelvic misalignments and imbalances early will create a comfortable environment for your baby from the start, preventing the likelihood of poor positioning and allowing for a more pleasant pregnancy and overall birth experience.

The Webster Technique

Developed by Larry Webster, the Webster Technique is a specific prenatal chiropractic adjustment that facilitates pelvic balance. Gentle and safe, the Webster technique assists in eliminating intrauterine constraint to foster optimal foetal position and promotes pelvic alignment for safe and easier labours.

It aims to identify and correct pelvis dysfunction and misalignment in order to restore it to a balanced state. It is considered a wellness technique performed throughout pregnancy to ensure optimal neuro-biomechanics.

What if my baby is “Breech”? Can Chiropractic Still help?

While correcting pelvic imbalances early is ideal in preventing the likelihood of poor foetal positioning (ie. breech), Webster Technique is a wellness technique that can be applied at any stage of pregnancy.
The goal of the technique is to detect and correct dysfunction and misalignment of the pelvis, thereby eliminating undue tension to muscles and ligaments and decreasing torsion in the mother’s uterus. Restoring a state of pelvic balance will encourage optimal foetal positioning.

References

Wellness Media. Chiropractic and Pregnancy: Supporting Healthy Pregnancy and Natural Birth [pamphlet]. Upper Tantallon, Nova Scotia: Wellness Media Resources.

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