During pregnancy, there are several physiological and biomechanical changes that occur in your body in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. The protruding abdomen and increased back curve, center of gravity changes, pelvic changes, and postural adaptations can all lead to spinal and pelvic joint misalignments.

When the pelvis is misaligned it may not only cause pain and discomfort, but more importantly reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby leading to a condition called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to assume the best possible position for delivery. This can affect the mother’s ability to have a natural, safe, non-invasive birth. Breech and posterior positions can interfere with the natural ease of labor and lead to interventions such as C-sections.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can provide the following benefits for women who are pregnant.

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Prevent a potential cesarean delivery

The late Larry Webster, D.C., Founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), developed a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment technique which enables chiropractors to establish balance in the expecting mother’s pelvis and reduce undue stress to her uterus and supporting ligaments. When the pelvis is balanced it has been clinically shown to allow for optimal fetal positioning. The technique is known as the Webster Technique.

It is considered normal for a baby to present breech until the third trimester. 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 in the July/August 2002 issue an 82% success rate of babies turning vertex when doctors of chiropractic used the Webster Technique.” Further, the results from the study suggest that it may be beneficial to perform the Webster Technique as soon as the 8th month of pregnancy when a woman has a breech presentation. [1]

Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. 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.” [1]

For more information on pregnancy and chiropractic care please visit: www.icpa4kids.org or call Dr. Sara Howard at 309-691-9355 for a free consultation.

1 Chiropractic care during pregnancy. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/chiropracticcare.html. The American Pregnancy Association. 08-Oct 2009