Healthy Pregnancy - Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care

pregnancy1Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive, is routine care at Your Charleston Health

Currently, the ICPA recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether.

Today's Trend

You might have noticed that chiropractic care is becoming an important part of the birth preparation for many pregnant women these days. These women are realizing the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer, easier birthing for both themeselves and their babies. Chiropractors have actually cared for pregnant women for many decades.

"Once we had Presley and Kaia it was only natural to have our chiropractor check them after they were born and go for regular check-ups to keep them healthy."

Cindy Crawford

pregnancy2With the recent increased interest in natural birthing, a grwoing number of mothers have incorporated chiropractic into their prenatal care. To understand how chiropractic care can contribute to a better birth and avoid having a C-section, it is important to look at the mother's and baby's biomechanics throughout the pregnancy.

As a mother's weight increases, her center of gravity shifts outward and her postural compesnsations respond accordingly. In addition, the ligament laxity necessary for birthing adds to instability in all her joints, including her spine and pelvis.

Is Chiropractic care during Pregnancy right for me?

The nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more efficiently. Establishing pelvic balance and alignment helps reduce intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint is when the pelvis is misaligned causing a decrease in the amount of room available for developing baby. This can affect the mother's ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.

Webster Technique

pregnancy3The 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 stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning.

It is considered normal by some for baby to present breech until the third trimester. Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation. In Charleston, SC, most c-sections are scheduled between 37-40 weeks, due to mal-positioned babies.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when chiropractic doctors used the Webster Technique. The results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation.

Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and therefore results in easier and safer deliveries for both mother and baby.

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