Chiropractic care is essential for the pregnant mother. Her systems and organs are now providing for two and their optimal function is critical for the baby’s healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis undergoes many changes and adaptations to compensate for the growing baby.
The purpose of Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is to help clear interference in the communication of the nerve system. Clear communication between brain and body is vital for the expression of full health potential for both the mother and baby. By making sure the nerve system is clear, Chiropractic care has shown to assist in an easier pregnancy and birth experience.
Another important reason for care throughout pregnancy is to help establish balance in the mother’s pelvis. Because of a lifetime of stress and trauma to a mother’s spine and pelvis, the motion of her pelvis may be compromised, resulting in interfered passage of the baby. Chiropractors define this as a subluxation.
Additionally, the subluxation of her spine and pelvis during pregnancy cause an imbalance in her pelvic muscles and ligaments. The woman’s pelvis supports her growing uterus with these specific ligaments. When the pelvic bones are balanced, the uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically with the growing baby. If the bones of the pelvis are out of alignment or subluxated, this will directly affect the way the uterus will be supported. Unequal ligament support of the uterus will torque the uterus reducing the amount of room for the developing baby. The term used to describe this is intrauterine constraint.
In some cases, this constraint restricts the baby’s positions during pregnancy adversely affecting his/her developing spine and cranium. Additionally, these limitations on the baby’s movement during pregnancy may prevent him/her from getting into the best possible position for birth. Any birth position other than the ideal vertex (occiput anterior) position of the baby indicates the inhibiting effects of constraint. Such positions lead to longer more painful labors with increased medical interventions in birth. Often c-sections are resorted to and both the mother and baby miss the many benefits of a natural vaginal birth.
The WEBSTER TECHNIQUE is a specific chiropractic adjustment for pregnant mothers. Working to correct sacral subluxation, this technique balances muscles and ligaments in the woman’s pelvis, removes constraint and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth. This technique shows a high success rate in allowing babies in the breech position to move into the normal head down or vertex position facilitating easier and safer deliveries.
Reducing constraint on the mother and the baby offers both the best opportunity for a natural delivery process. Also, by easing the delivery, it is possible that less intervention and medication use would be requested. This is vital for the bonding of the mother and the baby during the moments of delivery and immediately following the birth.