Chiropractic care is essential for a pregnant woman’s constantly changing body. Throughout a women’s pregnancy, Chiropractic care can help with common symptoms such as back pain, sciatica and headaches. There are no additional risks with Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy over and above the risks posed to a non-pregnant individual. Chiropractic care is considered a safe treatment when provided by a Chiropractor that has been trained in the physical and hormonal changes that occur with pregnancy. Chiropractors that have been trained in prenatal care, such as Dr. Frazier, use pillows and modified techniques that avoid unnecessary pressure on the abdomen.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy may restore balance to the pelvis, and reduce the risk of interventions during labour. Dystocia is the slowing down of labour and is something that every mother wants to avoid. In addition to the pain and exhaustion caused by a long and difficult labour, dystocia often leads to multiple medical interventions, which may be physically and emotionally traumatic to both mom and baby. Some of these interventions may include the administration of pitocin, the use of epidurals, painful episiotomies or even forceful pulling of the baby’s fragile spine due to the use of vacuums, forceps and perhaps even c- sections all of which pose potential risks. The Obstetrician literature says that the commonly reported reasons for dystocia are pelvic imbalances and the resulting effects on the uterus and baby’ s position. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy may restore balance to the pelvis as well as pelvic muscles and ligaments potentially leading to a safer and easier delivery. Additionally, a chiropractic adjustment aimed at the lower spine, which is responsible for the neurological supply of the uterus, will allow the uterus to function at its maximum potential during birth.
As the baby develops, the uterus is also constantly growing to accommodate the changes in size. When the pelvis is in a balanced and optimal state from regular Chiropractic treatment, the ligaments that support the uterus, originating from the pelvis, are able to support the suspension of the uterus equally. If the pelvis is out of balance, these important ligaments may become torqued and twisted thereby causing a condition known as intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint restricts the baby’s movement and, nearing the end of pregnancy, optimal positioning for birth. In more extreme cases, intrauterine constraint restricts the baby’ s ability to move into the head down position resulting in the undesirable breech presentation.