Chiropractic care helps your body feel and function its best and so even before conception, it can help promote more regular menstruation and may have implications on fertility by improving nervous system functioning to the reproductive organs of both men and women. Having your body functioning at its best is a great way to start your pregnancy.
Pregnant women often initially seek chiropractic care for treatment of their musculoskeletal complaints related to their pregnancy. Many women will experience, at some time or another through their pregnancy, lower back pain, mid and/or upper back pain. These common complaints, caused by the change in weight, shift in centre of gravity, changing postures, ligament laxity and increased strain on the joints, are often accepted as “normal” during pregnancy and something women must tolerate until their baby arrives.
Fortunately for these moms-to-be, chiropractic care is very effective at alleviating these and other common aches and pains related to pregnancy and they need not put up with discomfort.
Aside from the benefits of treatment for the various musculoskeletal issues women who are pregnant may experience, there are additional benefits for them and their baby as well.
A properly moving and balanced pelvis and sacrum will help ensure a more comfortable pregnancy and delivery.
Removing tension from the ligaments that support the uterus will reduce intrauterine constraint and may allow more room for the baby to develop without restrictions and for the baby to achieve a more optimal position for delivery. When the baby is in the ideal position, (head down, occiput anterior) the chance of dystocia, or difficult labour, is greatly reduced, as is the need for intervention, and potential birth trauma to the mother and to the baby.
Once your baby has arrived, chiropractic care can help your body recover as well as your babies. Birth can be traumatic to both mother and baby and it is a great idea to have your baby assessed after they’re born to ensure no nervous system interference or musculoskeletal issues are present. It may be an obvious sign such as a persistent head tilt, or something as subtle as a preference to nurse on one side, but chiropractic treatment for your baby can be very effective and have some very beneficial outcomes for both mom and baby.
For new mothers who have mid and upper back pain, sometimes caused by the increase in size of their breasts, chiropractic care can relieve that discomfort allowing the mother to be more comfortable when nursing and allow her to produce more milk.
The Webster Technique
The Webster Technique is a Chiropractic Technique used to assess and treat imbalances in the sacrum and pelvis. By correcting the imbalances, range of motion in the pelvis and sacrum are restored and tension in the associated muscles and ligaments is relieved. This technique can be beneficial for all patients, but has special advantages for pregnant women as it may help reduce pregnancy related discomfort, improve fetal positioning and encourage easier, more comfortable births.
As you can see, there are numerous benefits to chiropractic care, before, during and after your pregnancy. Treatment is safe, gentle and very effective. It is a natural fit.