“sciatica”Pregnancy is an exciting, precious time in a woman’s life, full of new experiences. Unfortunately, the baby’s development brings about bodily changes that often wreak havoc on the back and joints, and end up causing pain. These issues also frequently cause issues during delivery, and increase the time it takes for the body to recover post-pregnancy.

Expectant moms benefit from chiropractic care in a number of ways. Here are six key ways chiropractic care helps alleviate the toll pregnancy takes on a woman’s body, including the world famous Wesbters Technique.

#1: Chiropractic keeps the spine in alignment.

Pregnancy adds significant additional weight to a woman’s body in a short amount of time. This change bears on the spine, frequently pulling it out of alignment.

When this happens, the pain can be quite severe. Chiropractic care during pregnancy works to keep the spine in alignment and all supporting tendons working optimally, to be better prepared and able to adequately support the extra weight.

#2: Chiropractic reduces need for pain relievers.

Most times, individuals experiencing moderate pain pop a couple of over the counter pain relievers and think nothing of it. However, pregnant women strive to avoid medications when possible.

Chiropractic adjustments decrease the underlying issues that cause pain, so the patient relies less on medications. Experiencing less pain as well as eliminating the need for pain killers is a win-win situation for expectant mothers.

#3: Chiropractic strengthens and repairs joints.

Pregnancy really beats up an expectant mothers joints. Chiropractic care for expectant mothers is a productive way to minimize the effect the large, protruding abdomen has on her hips, legs, and ankles.

Treating the body as a whole, chiropractic treatment works to strengthen the body and promotes healing of injured or strained areas.

#4: Chiropractic helps achieve pelvic alignment.

An aligned pelvis is critical to the birthing process, and increases the chances of being able to give birth naturally. According to the American Pregnancy Association,

“When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth.”

An experienced chiropractor can effectively align the pelvis before delivery, so the mother is able to deliver with little incident.

#5: Chiropractic may help to optimise the babies position (and even turn a breech baby naturally).

The spinal and pelvic alignment of the mother can affect the available room in which the baby has to turn and move around in. When this space becomes restricted babies can become stuck in the breech presentation.

“Think of the uterus as a big hot air balloon and the 8 pelvic ligaments as the tethers. Specifically, in terms of balance and stabilization, we are looking at the two round ligaments that stabilize the uterus and attach to the pubic bone and the top of the uterus, the broad ligament, which connects the sides of the uterus to the walls and floor of the pelvis, and the two uterosacral ligaments, which attach to the posterior side of the cervical uterus to the sacrum. If one of the supporting ligaments is tight or torqued, the uterus is no longer big, round and symmetrical. This can impede the baby’s ability to move freely.” – The Better Birth Institute

Many chiropractors, like the ones at SpineCentral are proficient in Websters Technique, which is a safe and gentle way to realign the spine and pelvis and reduce the tension on these ligaments of the uterus. This way the breech baby is often able to turn of its own accord without the need for more risky procedures such as external cephalic version, which tends to force the process and is not without risk.

You can find a more complete description of Websters Technique and some scientific papers on the topic here.

#5: Chiropractic increases the body’s ability to bounce back.

Let’s face it, every pregnant woman thinks “will I ever fit in the clingy red dress again?” The healthier and stronger a woman’s body is before and during pregnancy, the easier it is to get back into shape once the baby is born. Eating right and safely exercising are effective ways to accomplish this.

Chiropractic care is also a valuable component to fitness. Expectant mothers who choose chiropractic enjoy better posture, less pain, and increased mobility, especially late in the third trimester.

This allows them to maintain exercise routines and be active longer than those suffering from back pain and achy joints. After the delivery, it’s easier to get back into a fitness routine, and into that red dress, if the new mother’s joints, back, and hips are aligned and functioning properly.

Chiropractic care can serve to reduce pain and increase the overall heath of expectant mothers, letting her relax and focus on the more pleasant aspects of pregnancy. Expecting women who commit to chiropractic care can look forward to a stronger body, the chances of a smoother delivery, and an easier recovery after the baby comes.

 

If you have any questions about chiropractic and pregnancy please feel free to call the practice on 020 8941 4410 or email our chiropractors at infer@spinecentral.co.uk.

 

Live In Alignment,

&

Thrive At Life.

 

Dr Richard Gliddon (Chiropractor)

And The SpineCentral Team