Pregnancy and Chiropractic
Pregnancy is a time of amazing changes in a woman's body as her uterus expands to care for her growing baby. When pregnant, the mother must adapt and compensate for these many postural and hormonal changes. Gentle prenatal chiropractic care helps to remove some of the stresses of pregnancy, balance the mother's pelvis and spine, and allow for an easier birthing process. When the mother's body is in balance, her growing child can develop in a healthier environment and be in harmony too.
Chiropractic Benefits During Pregnancy
Potential benefits for women receiving chiropractic care when pregnant include:1,2
- Relief of back, neck pelvic, and joint pain
- Controlling vomiting and morning sickness
- Increasing the likelihood of a full-term delivery
- Reduction in amount of time for labor and delivery
- Reduction in cesarean sections and breech deliveries
- Reduction in pain during labor
- Safe and effective nutritional and exercise recommendations
For more information on pregnancy and chiropractice please visit the ICPA website
Breech Babies and The Webster Technique
What is it?
Dr. O'Loughlin has received additional training in a special type of chiropractic care known as the Webster Technique. Pregnant moms with babies in the breech position visit chiropractors for this safe and gentle technique. The Webster Technique increases the space around the uterus giving the baby the room it needs to turn.
How does it work?
The chiropractor will give an adjustment and ligament massage to the pregnant mother. This process relieves muscle tension and bony misalignments in the mother's pelvis that may be stopping the baby from turning "head down."
Why would a pregnant mom choose this technique?
Unlike an external cephalic version (ECV) performed by an obstetrician under strong medications, the Webster Technique is natural, uses no drugs, and is gentle to the mother and child.
How effective is it?
Research has repeatedly found that moms who use the Webster Technique have an 85% success rate compared to the 35% success rate of turning a breech baby with an ECV.3 Some moms only need one adjustment before their baby turns head down!
For more information on the Webster Technique please visit the ICPA website
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