Chiropractic and Pregnancy
greater comfort, safer births
Are you looking for supportive, natural care that trusts your body during pregnancy and childbirth? Do you want to have a comfortable, safe birth, free of unnecessary medical intervention?
Chiropractic can help.
How can chiropractic add comfort?
Chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy are an essential choice in your prenatal care. Preexisting but unnoticed imbalances in your spine become stressed during pregnancy. These pronounced discomforts make it difficult to perform routine daily activities.
A large percentage of all pregnant women experience back discomfort / pain during pregnancy. This is due to the rapid growth of the baby and an interference to the body’s normal structural adaptations to that growth.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Specific adjustments eliminate the causes of stress in the spine.
Comfort for your baby, too
As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accomodate the rapid growth. When the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus. If your pelvis is out of balance in any way, these ligaments become torqued and twisted, causing a condition known as intrauterine constraint. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby. Any compromised position for the baby throughout pregnancy will affect his or her optimal development. Conditions such as torticollis can occur because a baby’s space was cramped in utero.
If there is intrauterine constraint as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head-down position, oftentimes intrauterine constraint prevents the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery.
The head may be slightly tilted off to one side or, even more traumatically, present in the posterior or breech position. Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow labor and add pain and distress to both the mother and baby. Many women have been told that their babies were too big, or labor “just slowed down,” when it was really the baby’s presentation interfering with the normal process and progression. Avoidable interventions are implemented in these cases, turning a natural process into an operative one.
Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with your pelvis throughout pregnancy, restoring a state of balance and creating an environment for an easier, safer delivery.
Preparing for a safer birth
Dystocia is defined as a difficult labor, and is something every woman wants to avoid. In addition to the pain and exhaustion caused by a long, difficult labor, dystocia can lead to multiple medical interventions which can be physically and emotionally traumatic to both you and your baby. These interventions could include the administering of pitocin, the use of epidurals, painful episiotomies, forceful pulling on the baby’s fragile spine, vacuum extraction, forceps and perhaps even a c-section. Each of these procedures carries a high risk of injury to you, your baby or both. All of these procedures used to hasten the delivery process can be avoided, however, if delivery goes more smoothly to begin with.
Reviewing the obstetric texts reveals that the commonly reported reasons for dystocia are pelvic imbalance and its resulting effects on the uterus and the baby’s position. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy will restore balance to your pelvic muscles and ligaments, leading to a safer and easier delivery for you and your baby.
Additionally, the chiropractic adjustment reduces interference to the nerve system, allowing your uterus to function at its maximum potential. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does in fact reduce labor time.
We offer specific analysis and adjustments for your special needs during pregnancy. You and your baby’s continued health, safety and comfort are our foremost concern.
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