Today’s topic is chiropractic care during pregnancy. Now, I am by no means an expert in this area, but, coming from the patient’s standpoint, I can say that I’ve benefited greatly by receiving regular chiropractic care during my current pregnancy.
How can chiropractic care help? Well, according to my chiropractor, Dr. Nicole Whitehead, chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with:
- neck, shoulder and back pain from increased breast and abdomen size
- carpal tunnel syndrome from fluid retention (I had this the end of my first two pregnancies…but I have not yet developed it this time!)
- rib pain from expanding rib cage
- low back/hip/sciatic nerve pain
- pain from shifting pelvic bones
- breech, transverse or posterior positioned babies
In addition, AmericanPregnancy.org states that chiropractic care during pregnancy can help to maintain an overall healthy pregnancy, curb nausea, reduce the time of labor and delivery, and possibly help prevent a C-section.
If your chiropractor is certified in and uses the Webster technique, you will increase the possibility of having a well-positioned baby for delivery. In short, the Webster technique assesses and corrects misalignments in the pelvic area and low back. This helps keep the ligaments and muscles which support the uterus relaxed. A relaxed uterus allows baby to more easily get in a better position.
The Webster is a very gentle technique. In fact, the first time my chiropractor adjusted me this way, I said: “Is that it?!”
Here’s a YouTube video demonstrating the Webster technique. Here’s another video that explains the technique in more detail.
I did not receive any chiropractic care during my first pregnancy–despite having suffered chronic low back pain since age 15 (16 years now). I did receive 2-3 adjustments during my second pregnancy, although the chiropractor I saw did not use the Webster.
For my third pregnancy, I got adjusted–including the Webster technique–weekly since the end of my first trimester. My baby was transverse at around 32 weeks. Basically, she was lying horizontally across my mid-abdomen. After a couple adjustments, both my midwife and chiropractor confirmed that she had turned head down and was ready to go!
Have you ever received chiropractic care during pregnancy? What is your opinion on it?
Check out the other posts in this series!