Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
Throughout pregnancy, many hormonal and physical changes take place. This happens because of the baby’s growth and as mom prepares for labor and delivery. These changes include:
- Growing abdomen
- Changes in pelvic structure
- Increased joint laxity
- Postural adaptations
- Increased low back curve
As these changes occur, it can begin to affect the “3 P’s.” POWER, PASSAGE, and PASSENGER.
Power refers to the ability of the uterus (largely a muscle) to push baby out during delivery. This requires proper nerve supply. Structural shifts of the lower spine may obstruct the nerves to the uterus and affect its efficiency to do its job.
Passage refers to the bony pelvis. Your pelvis supports the baby during pregnancy and is one of the structures she will pass through during delivery. Abnormal shifts of the pelvis can lead to abhorrent motion. This may cause increased discomfort for mom, but also constraint on the uterus and a decreased passage for the baby during delivery.
Finally, the Passenger is the baby. If a mother develops a structural shift in her low back or pelvis, it has the potential to obstruct the nerve supply which coordinates the development of the baby throughout pregnancy.
What are the benefits of care during pregnancy?
Structural chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide benefits such as:
- Reducing labor and delivery time
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Helping increase fertility
- Relieving back, neck, or joint pain
- Maintaining the 3 P’s
Does chiropractic care help with breech positioning?
Chiropractic care does not directly address a baby in breech position. That is for the work of other professionals such as an obstetrician. However, prenatal care focuses on balancing structural instabilities of a mother’s spine and pelvis. These shifts have a tendency to obstruct normal nerve supply to the uterus and place abnormal strain on muscles ligaments which attach to it. Restoring proper alignment and normal motion of the mother’s spine and pelvis reduces these stresses. This may allow the developing baby to move more freely and into the proper position for delivery.
Is prenatal chiropractic safe?
Prenatal chiropractic is a safe and effective option for any pregnant woman. There are no known contraindications to care throughout pregnancy. All chiropractors receive some training to work with pregnant moms during school. However, Drs. Megan and Adam have received additional training through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Table and technique modifications are used with pregnant women. This avoids any unneeded pressure on the abdomen, and helps address the specific structural changes associated with pregnancy.