In the first trimester of pregnancy your body releases the aptly named hormone, relaxin, to loosen the ligaments that normally hold your pelvis and pubic bone tightly together. This hormone affects all of the joints in your body, making them somewhat less stable. Compensating for this instability, your muscles will often tighten around your joints. It is the tightening of these muscles-an entirely normal function of your brilliant body seeking to be strong and healthy-that can lead to pain and discomfort during pregnancy, or to trouble down the road during labor and delivery. As your breasts and belly grow during pregnancy, your center of gravity changes. This causes alterations in your posture, placing new strains on your body from your neck and shoulders down to your low back. Though some women feel great throughout their entire pregnancy, many women will experience aches and pains. Most drugs that are commonly taken to decrease pain can pose dangers to your developing baby if taken during pregnancy. Furthermore, masking the pain with medication may provide temporary relief, but it will not provide the wide-ranging benefits that result from treating the underlying causes of these aches and discomforts. The truth is, even minor pains during pregnancy can indicate greater problems that may arise later, including inconvenient positioning of your baby, stalled or prolonged labor and childbirth, and difficulty healing after your baby is born. Fortunately, prenatal chiropractic care can help to reduce your pain and prepare you for labor by rebalancing muscle tone and restoring proper function of your joints.
The intensity and duration of labor can markedly decrease when the joints of your pelvis and surrounding soft tissues function in a healthy manner. An unbalanced pelvis can lead to prolonged and painful labor and delivery. What many people don't know is that you do not always feel pain when your pelvis is out of balance-that is, until you try to give birth to a baby. So for women who feel great but would like to further prepare their bodies for labor and delivery, prenatal chiropractic treatment is a wise choice. By relaxing the the soft tissues of your pelvis, releasing ligament tension and ensuring the proper function of your joints, prenatal chiropractic treatment can prepare your pelvis so baby can make a smooth journey into the world. See research related to this.
Not only does chiropractic care help your body prepare for labor but it can also help ease the body of any prenatal aches and pains.
- low back pain
- hip discomfort
- mid back and rib pain
- pubic-bone pain
- neck comfort
Pregnancy is a time when medication solutions to pain are limited and many women find themselves seeking natural solutions. Through a combination of modified chiropractic adjustments, specific soft tissue work and the advanced work of Bio Energetic Synchronization Technique, these and many other ailments can be resolved by treating the source of the problem. Prenatal chiropractic care is highly recommended and supported by many healthcare professionals and birth support providers including obstetricians, midwives and doulas.
By about 32 weeks, most babies have turned head down into a vertex position in preparation for birth. If your little one has yet to make the big flip you will be happy to learn that in many cases prenatal chiropractic care can help. When the ligaments that support the uterus within the pelvis are out of balance or in spasm, intrauterine constraint can occur. This is a common cause of malpositioned babies that can be addressed by a prenatal chiropractor. The Webster Technique is a chiropractic method that is utilized by trained prenatal chiropractors to open the pelvis and reduce intrauterine constraint. This technique involves the relaxation of any spasming ligaments so that symmetry within the pelvis (muscles, ligaments and bones that support the uterus) as well as proper joint motion can resume. This will provide the maximum space in the uterus for baby and will encourage proper positioning for birth. Research has shown the Webster Technique gives the majority of breech babies the space they need to turn head down on their own. Since your baby is growing rapidly during these last weeks of pregnancy it is important to seek a prenatal chiropractor as soon as you learn your baby is in a breech, transverse or posterior position.