So many changes happen to your body during pregnancy: hormonal, chemical, postural, gravitational changes, etc. So how does your body keep up? It is the role of your nervous system, your body’s master control system, to be able to adapt to the physical, chemical, and emotional demands of pregnancy. In order for you to have the healthiest pregnancy possible, your nervous system needs to be working optimally!
Chiropractors work with the nervous system to ensure that your body is able to adapt and function properly. The hormonal and gravitational changes during pregnancy often misalign the spine and pelvis, and may lead to unwanted symptoms for mom, interfere with the positioning of baby, and/or decrease nerve supply going to the growing child. By ensuring proper spinal alignment, you and your baby are able to function optimally for the best pregnancy, delivery, and birth possible!
You may be asking yourself “Can all Chiropractors help with pregnancy?”. Well, there are specific techniques that no all Chiropractors are trained to perform. We discuss this in more detail in the next section of this article.
What is the Webster Technique?
The Webster Technique is a Chiropractic adjusting method specifically designed for pregnant women. This Webster Technique, formerly known as the Webster Breech Turning Technique, focuses on balancing the pelvis so that your baby has the most amount of room to grow and develop properly. Any misalignments (subluxations) of the pelvis can create torsion of the uterus, known as intrauterine constraint. Intrauterine constraint prevents the baby from moving freely, can interfere with the baby’s ability to position itself properly for birth, and can make labor more challenging. By ensuring that the hips are balanced, the baby is able to position itself in the head down, vertex position that is ideal for normal vaginal delivery. Research shows that women who are under regular chiropractic care during pregnancy experience faster, less painful, and more straight forward deliveries.
What are the Potential Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy?
- Maintain a healthier pregnancy
- Control symptoms of nausea
- Reduce Labor and Delivery Time
- Promote optimal baby positioning for delivery
- Reduce the need for unnecessary interventions
- Decrease dystocia and birth trauma
- Relieve back, neck, or joint pain
How do I choose the right Chiropractor?
When you seek out a Chiropractor during pregnancy, find someone who has had additional training in the care of infants, pre and postpartum women, and is Webster Certified. To find this information, you can visit www.icpa4kids.com, and click on the “find doctors” link. Just like with any other medical provider, talk to the Chiropractor to find one that you trust and feel comfortable with.
At Blossom Family Chiropractic, we focus on pre-natal, pediatric, and family chiropractic care. Dr. Savy Ford is Webster Certified, Certified by the American Pediatric Chiropractic Council (CACCP), and is working towards the completion of her Diplomate in Pediatrics and Pregnancy with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association.
Questions or Comments?
If you have any questions regarding chiropractic care during your pregnancy or would like to make an appointment, please call us at 727-498-5643 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear how chiropractic care benefited you during pregnancy. Please leave comments below!