The 3 most FAQ’s mums-to-be ask their pregnancy chiropractor
As a pregnancy Chiropractor I get asked 3 main questions before mums to be start Chiropractic care- I thought I would share them with you, incase you too had the same questions…
1.Is chiropractic care during pregnancy safe?
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Investing in the fertility and pregnancy wellness of women who are pregnant or trying to conceive is a routine care for pregnancy chiropractors.
2. Do the techniques change for pregnancy?
They most definitely do! Pregnancy Chiropractors are Webster Certified and are trained to work specifically with pelvic balance in pregnancy. We focus on pelvic ligaments and their attachments from the uterus over to the sacrum to establish balance in the pregnant women’s pelvis.
This balanced state in the pelvis has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.
Most birth practitioners are not concerned with breech presentations until a patient is 37 weeks along. Approximately 4% of all pregnancies result in a breech presentation.
The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics reported an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.
Chiropractors that have been trained to work with pregnant women may use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman’s body. We use a gentle blocking technique with cranial work to release ligaments to there is more room for bub to grow and move! We use techniques and pillows that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen. Most don’t want to get off the table at the end!
3. Why should I have chiropractic care during pregnancy?
During pregnancy, there are several physiological and endocrinological changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. Therefore now more than ever you need a fast responding nervous system… therefore you need a healthy spine!
The benefits include :
-Decreased labour time with less pain
-Better functioning SI joints of the pelvis and therefore less likely to get back labour (sharp contractions in the low back)
-Exercises to assist in spinal health that are safe in pregnancy
-Decreased mid back pain (often experienced from the increased breast size)
- Maintaining the thoraco-lumbar flexibility- which helps decrease unnecessary discomforts like sciatica, low back pain, public and pelvic pain
- Decreased chance of foetal constraint / breech babies. This is done by increasing the size of the pelvic outlet for bub to move and grow and for delivery. This is all by controlling pelvic and sacral rotation- up to 4cm difference! Because a misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as c-sections.
- Optimal baby positioning at the time of birth also eliminates the potential for dystocia (difficult labor) and, therefore, results in easier and safer deliveries for both the mother and baby.
- Finally, the nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. Keeping the spine aligned helps the entire body work more effectively.
That just about sums it up.
Congratulations to all the pregnant mums to be out there and I hope to see you one day soon at Healthspace Coogee or Rozelle so you can experience a comfortable pregnancy and a beautiful birth J
Written by Dr. Kelly Burns – Coogee and Rozelle