More and more pregnant women are seeking chiropractic adjustments throughout their pregnancy in order to strengthen their health and help their bodies prepare for labour.
When working with our pregnant Mum’s we aim to gently balance the pelvis, dural system and supporting ligaments to allow flexibility and stability. A balanced pelvis allows baby to grow and move down into the ideal birthing position.
Movement in the womb is vital for your baby’s development!
Research tells us:
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3) Lecanuet JP, Schaal B. Fetal Sensory Competencies. Europ Journal of Obst & Gyn & Reprod. Biology 1996; 68:1-23
4) Sival DA, Precht HF, Sonder GH, Touwen BC
By assessing and balancing the alignment your pelvis, we can allow your baby the opportunity to move into the ideal birthing position. But the most important thing is making sure your nervous system and therefore your body are functioning at 100%. After all, this is the system that is in charge of everything that happens in your body. Proper communication between the brain and the body is critical for uterine tone and promotes a more straightforward labour.
Approximately 2/3 of pregnant women will experience back pain during pregnancy. Why? due to a change in hormones that allow more mobility of certain pelvic joints (this is important during labour!). As your pregnancy progresses your centre of gravity is also changing which means that the bio-mechanics or pressure on your joints is different to when you are not pregnant. This is also a time when previous injuries, imbalances or weaknesses that have not been corrected with care before pregnancy may become more obvious.
Chiropractic care has been shown to significantly reduce labour time for women who had care throughout their pregnancy. One study, found that first-time mums averaged a 24% shorter labour, and those mothers who had given birth before had a 39% reduction in the average labour time in a substantial percentage of births.
In another hospital study that incorporated chiropractic adjustments during the patient’s pregnancy, the results indicated that there was a 50% decrease in the need for painkillers during delivery, attributable to pre-delivery adjustments.
A study by Dr Irvin Henderson MD found that “Women who received chiropractic adjustments in their third trimester were able to carry and deliver their child with much more comfort.”
A pregnant body not functioning at 100% can result in:
- Low back pain
- Pain in the leg(s)
- Pain in the groin/front of the pelvis or buttocks
- Clicking/grinding in the pubic joint
“A child spends a moment in Mummy’s tummy but an eternity in her heart”