More than just care for low back pain, many mothers have come to recognize the vital role that chiropractic care plays in a healthy pregnancy. A properly functioning spine and nervous system is an important part of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy. Many mothers report back to their chiropractors that regular adjustments helped them feel healthier during their pregnancy. It has helped decrease their morning sickness, facilitated shorter labor and delivery times and increased an overall sense of well-being.
In addition, care can help with the following:
The position of your growing baby will cause your center of gravity to shift and your spine will naturally alter itself to accommodate this change. As a result, you may experience low back and pelvic pain. 84% of pregnant women that received chiropractic care received relief from low back pain.
Bone Health and Alignment
The increase in hormones during pregnancy can also cause muscles, ligaments, cartilage and even bones to “soften” and become more pliable. Pelvic bones may even become displaced or fixated. Since your hips will need to spread to accommodate the delivery of your baby, fixated pelvic bones can lead to complications during delivery.
Nervous System Health. It’s especially important during pregnancy for nerve impulses to flow from your brain throughout your body. A slightly out-of-place vertebra can create nerve irritation, which can interfere with your body’s nervous system. Chiropractic care can restore the function of your nervous system.
General Health and Comfort
Chiropractic care helps improve your overall wellness, increase your comfort during your pregnancy and help you have a safe, natural delivery. Research also shows that postpartum pain was relieved in 75% of moms that received regular chiropractic care.
Reduced Labor Time
Women under chiropractic care had nearly a 25% reduction in the average labor time verses the “generally accepted average labor time” (With women who had given birth in the past, that number rose to 33%).
The Webster Technique – Specialty Care for a Natural Birth
Certified in the Webster Technique by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, Dr. Wendy uses this to help to reduce bony restrictions and relax the supporting ligaments around the uterus. This allows for an easier labor and delivery for you and your baby. Typically, the Webster Technique is utilized on pregnant women beginning around 28 weeks. Our office has helped many women avoid cesarean sections and even have successful VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) deliveries by balancing the mother’s pelvis and allowing the baby to get into the proper head-down position.
In addition, Dr. Wendy works with midwives, obstetricians and doulas to help ensure that you’re receiving the best care for you and your developing baby.