In the previous post we talked about the importance of the nerve system during pregnancy and about how important it is to maintain a clear brain-body connection to optimize mom’s and baby’s health and development. That’s all about FUNCTION. You see, how you FUNCTION depends on your nerve system. Now, I’d like to spend a little time talking about STRUCTURE. Your STRUCTURE relates to your musculoskeletal system, but the nerve system is absolutely in there, too.
During pregnancy preexisting imbalances in your spine and pelvis tend to be amplified. You may not have known about these imbalances prior to becoming pregnant, but as you progress and your baby becomes bigger and bigger and your body undergoes more and more change, they become very clearly obvious. In fact, a large percent of all pregnant women (48%-76% depending on the source) experience back pain or discomfort during pregnancy. These pronounced discomforts can make it very difficult to perform routine, daily activities. Chiropractic care during pregnancy addresses any imbalances in your spine and pelvis and allows for normal positioning and motion of the spinal and pelvic joints, which can help to alleviate or prevent back pain and discomfort.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is also extremely beneficial to the baby. As the baby grows, a woman’s uterus expands to accommodate it. When Mom’s pelvis is balanced, in proper position, and moving without restriction, the ligaments that connect the uterus to the pelvis maintain an equalized and balanced tension. They are able to properly support the uterus, as designed. However, if the pelvis becomes out-of-balance in any way, these ligaments may become torqued and twisted and create an uneven pull on the uterus. The resulting uterine tension may restrict the baby’s movement and space to develop and grow. Think of a hot air balloon and all it’s tethers. When the anchoring lines are balanced, the balloon maintains it shape. But, if one tether gets pulled too taut, the balloon shape distorts. When this happens in the uterus, it distorts, and often minimizes, the space that the baby needs to move into the proper birthing position, which is head down, face back, with a very tight chin tuck. We address this issue through a technique called The Webster Technique. The Webster Technique is a very safe and gentle adjustment to the pregnant woman’s pelvis that is then followed up by appropriately bringing balance and ease of tension to some of the supporting ligaments of the uterus with the goal of improving the neuro-biomechanical function of the pelvis. Dr. Jodi is the only chiropractor is Southern Chester County that is Certified in The Webster Technique.
Poor pelvic function and position can lead to dystocia, also know as difficult labor, which is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction and baby mal-presentation (i.e. poor positioning). Chiropractic, more specifically the Webster Technique, address all 3 of these primary causes of dystocia. By adjusting the lumbar spine and pelvis, we are removing any possible nerve disturbance to those areas responsible for growing and delivering a baby. Adjustments correct pelvic alignment and by balancing the ligaments and muscles that support the uterus, we are also allowing the baby to move into the proper head-down position that is essential for delivery.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy may restore nerve function to your uterus, balance your pelvic muscles and ligaments, and potentially lead to a safer and easier delivery for you and your baby.