Chiropractic care during pregnancy? ABSOLUTELY!! Keeping your spine free from the vertebral subluxation, which causes nerve interference, is one of the best things you can do if you are pregnant. If there’s one group of people who needs chiropractic spinal check-ups more than any other, it’s pregnant women.
Chiropractic Care for Your Body and Your Baby
Chiropractic care is extremely important for the pregnant woman who needs to have her body as healthy and strong as possible in order to handle the rigors of pregnancy and childbirth. Chiropractic care will help ensure that the reproductive and other systems so essential for a healthy pregnancy receive a nerve supply from the spinal column without interference.
Drugless Health Care
Another excellent reason for seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy is that it is a drugless health care system. Drugs, whether prescription or over-the-counter, can harm the growing fetus. The safest thing for a pregnant woman to do is to avoid all drugs and seek natural non-drug alternatives for health care if at all possible.
Pregnant Women Have Special Concerns
There are so many things pregnant women worry about: staying pregnant, carrying the baby to full term, morning sickness, the baby developing normally, backaches, leg pain and if their labor will be safe and (hopefully) easy. Chiropractic care can help ease these concerns. Chiropractors have been performing spinal adjustments on pregnant women for over a hundred years and have noted that chiropractic spinal corrective care may help maintain pregnancy, control vomiting during pregnancy, deliver full-term infants with ease and produce healthier infants.
Chiropractic care is especially needed during pregnancy because of the many physical and chemical changes the woman’s body is going though. Not only is her center of gravity changing because of the added physical weight she is carrying, but her spinal structure becomes more flexible due to hormonal changes which relax the ligaments in the pelvis, preparing them for stretching during childbirth. In an already unstable spine, that could aggravate spinal problems.
One of the biggest concerns from pregnant women is what happens if the baby is breech. If this occurs, our goal is keep mom and baby safe while doing what we can to help turn the baby to the correct position in utero. This is done using the principals of the Webster Breech Technique.
About the Webster Breech Technique
Developed by the late Larry Webster, D.C., of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, chiropractors are able to release stress on the pregnant women’s pelvis and causes relaxation to the uterus so the baby will turn naturally. Dr. Webster stated that it is “up to 94% successful in turning babies in utero so they can be delivered easily.” The best thing about this technique is that it is natural, non-evasive and not stressful to the baby.