When a pregnant woman’s pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby, as well as making it difficult for the baby to get in the optimal, head down position for delivery. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint and chiropractic can help by creating alignment and mobility in the pelvis.
When the baby is not presenting in the optimal “head down” position, it is called a breech presentation which affects the mother’s ability to have a natural labor and can lead to interventions such as cesarean sections.
Dr. Pam is trained in Webster Technique, which can shift the baby from a breech to optimal fetal positioning for birth, in a gentle non-invasive manner. This technique is a specific adjustment which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the pregnant woman’s pelvis to reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
The recommendation would be to receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy so that the pelvis is always mobile and balanced, allowing room for the growing baby and avoiding breech presentations altogether.
Potential benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy include:
Are you experiencing back pain or stiffness or shooting pain down one or both legs?
Are you suffering from mid back pain or a pinching sensation in the ribs?
Does it hurt your back and ribs to take deep breaths?
Are you experiencing carpal tunnel syndrome or pain and pressure in the feet, knees or hips?
Have you been told by your obstetrician that you will require a c-section delivery because your baby isn’t “head down”?
If you answered YES to any of the questions above, then chiropractic care may help improve the quality of your pregnancy.