Pregnancy should be 40 weeks of joy, love and being spoiled by those around you. But for many women, pregnancy can be an uncomfortable experience. The physical and hormonal changes involved with pregnancy come with changes of the spinal and pelvic alignment. This alteration, or misalignment, is often very uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) for the pregnant mother. But it doesn’t have to be.
One of the hormones that increases during pregnancy is Relaxin. Relaxin helps ligaments, especially those in the pelvic area, to loosen up to accommodate the expansion of the growing baby and uterus. While Relaxin helps your bones shift in order to make room for the baby, it can also make those pelvic bones unstable in their position. This usually causes painful misalignment for the pregnant mother. This is why chiropractic during pregnancy is important.
The elaborate network of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves along your spine and pelvis are important to maintaining proper functionality for your whole body. Obviously when you have a misalignment, complications can arise, for pregnant women one of those complications can be a baby in the breech position late in the pregnancy. Or less concerning (but just as irritating) symptoms such as headaches, acid reflux, constipation, leg pain and back pain. Chiropractic care can provide relief for all these symptoms.
Because of the way your pelvis and sacrum as set up, they move as one (most of the time.) So when one part of the pelvis has moved backwards, the opposite side is moved forward. This can cause the sacrum to tilt, which often causes pain and/or tightness in the legs. This tilting can also cause the birth canal to narrow, making natural childbirth complicated. If the baby doesn’t have the proper amount of room to move they will not be able to get into the correct head down position for birth or they may not be able to move down further into pelvis for delivery.
The Webster In-Utero Constraint Technique, also called the Webster Technique, is used in chiropractic to balance the pelvis properly, while reducing the stress on the ligaments that support the uterus.
The round ligaments that hold the uterus in place within the abdomen can become thin and tight. This sometimes causes sharp pains and restricts the space that baby has to maneuver within the womb. This restricted movement often causes a baby to stay in a breech position beyond 37 weeks. A certified Webster practitioner can use this specific technique to properly align the pelvis and sacrum, relieve the tightness in the round ligaments and abdomen. This will allow the baby to shift freely within the womb and they will usually settle into the proper birthing position.
Dr. Brie is certified in the Webster Technique. If you are pregnant, come in for an adjustment as soon as possible!