Pregnancy & Chiropractic

Can I get adjusted if I’m pregnant?

The answer is yes, during pregnancy the body goes through a series of changes. Moms have a lot of stress during their pregnancy including hip position, weight gain, ligament laxity, abnormal sleep, and hormonal changes. These changes, combined with shifts in the spine may cause a pregnant woman to experience low back pain,  leg pain, sleep disturbances, acid reflux and fatigue. A Chiropractic exam can identify potential problems before symptoms start and get you on the path a healthy more relaxed pregnancy.

One of the problems mothers state is the discomfort and long duration of the delivery.  One of the big issues is that the mother’s hips and lower back are not in alignment.  When a mother’s pelvis is shifted, the birth canal narrows, leading to a more stressful and difficult delivery. Chiropractic care can correct these issues so mom is more comfortable during her pregnancy and often results in a shorter, safer, more comfortable delivery.

Another concern mothers have is having a C-section.  The thought of surgery can be anxiety causing.  Did you know that one of the reasons for C-sections is that the baby is not in the right position?  A baby that has trouble turning in the womb can be caused by abnormal tension of the ligaments in the mother’s pelvis or from abnormal position of the pelvis itself.

A Chiropractor who is certified in the Webster technique can identify problems in the mother’s spine before these problems arise.  If a C-section is being recommended a Chiropractor can correct the problems in the mother spine and avoid the C-section 82% of the time, as long as there is a minimum of 3 weeks available.

The Webster technique is a specific Chiropractic analysis and adjustment of the pelvis. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is improved.

In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may contribute to these three primary causes of dystocia via uterine nerve interference, pelvic misalignment and the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. The resulting tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.

In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning. There are cases published in the Chiropractic literature that support this theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.