Many women are realizing the benefits of regular chiropractic care to prepare for safer, easier birth experiences for mom and baby. Natural changes in pregnancy increase stress on the body. The woman's center of gravity shifts and her posture changes accordingly. Normal laxity in ligaments, necessary for birth, increases instability in a woman's joints, including the spine and pelvis. These changes may cause discomforts that chiropractic can treat, including:
- Lower back pain
- Mid-back pain
- Hip and pelvic pain
- Pubic symphysis discomfort/dysfunction
- Sciatic pain
- Round ligament pain
Another major benefit of chiropractic care in pregnancy is to allow for optimal uterine function and fetal positioning. Spinal and pelvic misalignments constrain ligaments that support the uterus. Use of the Webster technique, catered specifically to pregnant women, balances the pelvis and sacrum. This allows the baby optimal room in utero and encourages ideal fetal positioning for safe, natural birth.
As a result of balancing the pelvis, regular chiropractic care in pregnancy has been shown to help breech babies turn on their own to obtain an optimal head down position, reduce labor times, reduce use of labor interventions, and encourage easier births.