Information About Pregnancy

diagram showing the curvature of the spine due to pregnancy

We should respect the state of pregnancy and the time of birth instead of intervening. Chiropractic’s natural approach to health will assist mothers in gaining trust in the body’s natural, instinctive ability to bring their child into the world.

Many of the common discomforts experienced during pregnancy can be relieved or prevented with chiropractic care.

Chiropractic treatment is used during times of pregnancy to create an environment of balance within the pelvis region for a quicker, easier, and safer delivery.

Chiropractic adjustments help to ensure the uterus is functioning at its maximum potential by reducing nervous system interference caused by misaligned vertebrae.

The need for pain medications and medical interventions can be reduced with chiropractic care.

 

How Can Chiropractic Add Comfort?

Chiropractic care is an important decision in regards to your prenatal care. A rapidly growing baby within the uterus causes the mother’s body to adapt structurally that, in turn, can add discomfort or pain in the neck and back during pregnancy. Pregnancy can also stress preexisting imbalances in the spine making every day or routine activities difficult to perform.

 

And Added Comfort for Your Baby, Too

With a properly balanced pelvis, the ligaments connected to the uterus remain a supportive suspension system for the uterus which is more prepared to accommodate the rapid growth of the uterus. If the pelvis is out of balance, those ligaments can become torqued and twisted – known as intra-uterine constraint. This causes special limitations for the growing baby, which can then affect his or her development.

 

Preparing for a Safer Birth

Every woman wants to avoid a difficult labor, also known as dystocia. Often times, medical interventions are utilized to handle long and difficult labors. These procedures can add physical and emotional trauma to the stresses of pain and exhaustion dystocia has already caused. These medical treatments sometimes include administering Pitocin, epidurals, episiotomies, using force to pull the baby – a danger to the little one’s spine, vacuum extractions, using forceps, or C-sections. Each one of these medical interventions carries a high risk for you and/or your baby. If, however, your deliver goes smoothly to begin with, all of these procedures can be avoided.

Utilizing chiropractic care during pregnancy helps to restore the balance of the pelvic muscles and ligaments, adding structure to the uterus. Research shows chiropractic care reduces labor time which will make for an easier and safer delivery.

Cira Chiropractic offers a professional analysis as well as safe and gentle adjustments to meet your unique needs during pregnancy. Our goal, first and foremost, is to provide continued safety and comfort to you and your baby. Make the choice this pregnancy to offer yourself the best in care! When you consider your prenatal care options, be sure to add all the benefits of chiropractic care. You and your baby both deserve the opportunity to be as comfortable as possible during pregnancy. You definitely should experience a birth that is as safe and easy as it can be.

 

The Webster Technique

An intrauterine constraint will prevent the baby from being in the best possible position when it comes time for birth. Even with the head in the downward position, an intrauterine constraint can prevent the head from the optimum position for delivery. The baby’s head could lilt to one side or the baby could end up in the much more traumatic breech or posterior. Any positioning of the baby that is even slightly off can slow labor and add pain and distress to both mother and baby. Many are told they are simply experiencing a “slow labor” or that their baby is too big when the reality is the baby’s position is interfering with normal progress and progression.

Once known as “In-Utero Constraint Technique” and “Breech Turning Technique,” the Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, found of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This chiropractic adjustment was designed specifically for pregnant mothers to assist in pelvic alignment and balance to promote safer and easier births. The Webster Technique has been highly successful in relieving the causes of intrauterine constraint and allowing babies to be in the best possible position at the time of birth.

The safe and gentle Webster Technique is used to relieve the musculoskeletal causes of intrauterine constraint and help prevent dystocia and operative or C-section deliveries.

Step 1: takes an in depth look at the relationship between the bones of the pelvis and begins to correct aberrant biomechanics by using light chiropractic adjustments to the sacrum.
Step 2: looks to relieve specific abdominal muscle and ligament tension caused by pelvic misalignment.

It is important to stress at this time that the Webster Technique is not to be misconstrued as the practice of obstetrics. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment intended to maximize female pelvic biomechanics, and is well within the chiropractor’s scope of practice. At no time does the chiropractor attempt to change the position of the fetus as is done in external cephalic version (ECV). Untrained individuals should not attempt the Webster Technique. The ICPA maintains the only database of chiropractors certified in the proper performance of the Webster Technique. In addition, the ICPA currently offers the only courses to certify chiropractors in the proper performance of it.