Chiropractic care can help make pregnancy and delivery easier as your body undergoes 40 weeks of incredible changes.
Throughout pregnancy, your spine and nervous system need to be working in response to support your body’s many changes. As the center of gravity changes in your body, additional pressure mounts in the spine, lower back, hips, and pelvis. Unseen but not unfelt, the nervous system also plays an invaluable role by controlling hormones and chemical reactions for mother and baby.
Chiropractic care promotes health throughout the body by using spinal adjustments to correct misalignments and restore proper function to the nervous system without the use of drugs or surgery. During pregnancy Chiropractic care is a safe, natural treatment that can improve comfort throughout pregnancy and also help with positioning of the baby.
Spinal and pelvic adjustments can ease common pregnancy discomforts including back pain, hip pain, sciatica and heartburn. Chiropractic treatment may also be used to decrease bouts of morning sickness, high blood pressure, and is also known to help with hormonal balance.
Beyond the physical discomforts, the changes your spine and pelvis undergo can impact the internal environment for your developing baby and may also impair delivery. Misalignment of the pelvis can leave less room for the developing baby, resulting in intrauterine constraint. Additionally, it may become difficult for the baby to get into the best position for birth.
Chiropractic adjustments work to provide an optimal foundation for your baby to grow and prepare your body for delivery. While most Chiropractors are versed in working with women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, doctors who take an interest in fetal positioning and easier birthing treatments train specifically in an adjustment called the Webster Technique.
At Aligned Modern Health in Chicago, our Chiropractors are certified to provide Webster Technique which helps facilitate pelvic alignment during pregnancy and improve nerve system function. The Webster technique works by focusing on sacral adjustments that balance pelvic muscles and ligaments. As torsion to the uterus is reduced, optimal fetal positioning is created. The technique, which was first used to address breech and posterior positioning, has now become a popular treatment to prevent dystocia, or obstructed labor.