My recent VBAC who successfully birthed her 7 pound 10 oz baby boy at home, in water with midwives,
and not an ounce of back pain!
During her pregnancy she regularly attended her Chiropractor and had adjustments - being in alignment during a very physical experience like birthing is something all mothers should truly consider as primary care for themselves.Another mom
- not one of mine sadly, however, I'd met her at a baby shower 3 weeks ago, had lots of swelling, hip pain, difficulty getting up and down, and after 6 hours of back labour - c-sectioned her birth for her 8 pound baby boy. Notes on Chiropractic advancements for pregnant women:
CHIROPRACTIC AND PREGNANCY:
Greater Comfort and Safer Births
More and more mothers are discovering the many benefits associated with chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. They appreciate the chiropractor’s respect for the body’s natural design and function. The health benefits of chiropractic are being recognized as vital ingredients to a healthier pregnancy and an overall easier birth.
How can chiropractic add greater comfort?
Chiropractic care in pregnancy is an essential choice in your prenatal care. Preexisting unnoticed imbalances in your spine become stressed during pregnancy. These pronounced discomforts make it difficult to perform routine, daily activities.
A large percent of all pregnant women experience back discomfort/pain during pregnancy. This is due to the rapid growth of the baby and an interference to your body’s normal structural adaptations to that growth. Chiropractic adjustments reduce interference to the nerve system allowing your uterus to function at its maximum potential.
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can relieve and even prevent the common discomforts experienced in pregnancy. Specific adjustments eliminate the cause of stress in your spine and restore a state of balance to promote and easier, quicker, safer delivery.
Comfort for your baby, too.
As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth. So long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus. If your pelvis is out of balance in any way, these ligaments become twisted, causing a condition known as intra-uterine constraint. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby. Any compromised position for the baby throughout pregnancy will affect his or her optimal development. Conditions such as torticollis occur because a baby’s space was cramped in utero.
If there is intra-uterine constraint as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often times intra-uterine constraint prevents the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. The head may be slightly tilted off to one side or even more traumatically, present in the posterior or breech position. Any baby position even slightly off during birth will slow down labour, and add pain and distress to both the mother and baby. Many women have been told that their babies were too big, or labour “just slowed down” when it was really the baby’s presentation interfering with the normal process and progression. Avoidable interventions are implemented turning a natural process into an operative one.
Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with your pelvis throughout pregnancy restoring a state of balance and creating an environment for an easier, safer birth.
Preparing for a safer birth
Dystocia is defined as difficult labour and is something every woman wants to avoid. In addition to the pain and exhaustion caused by long, difficult labours, dystocia leads to multiple medical interventions which may be physically and emotionally traumatic to both you and your baby. Some of these interventions are the administering of pitocin, the use of epidurals, painful episiotomies, forceful pulling on the baby’s fragile spine, vacuum extraction, forceps and perhaps even c-sections. Each of these procedures carry a high risk of injury to you, your baby or both! However, all of these procedures used to hasten the delivery process can be avoided if delivery goes more smoothly to begin with.
When reviewing the obstetrics texts, the reported reasons for dystocia are caused by pelvic imbalance and its resulting effects on your uterus and your baby’s position. Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy restores balance to your pelvic muscles and ligaments and therefore leads to a safer and easier delivery for you and your baby. Additionally, the chiropractic adjustment reduces interference to the nerve system allowing your uterus to function at its maximum potential. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does in fact reduce labour time.
We offer specific analysis and adjustments for your special needs in pregnancy. You and your baby’s continued safety and comfort is primary in our care.
Call for your personal consultation today. Give you and your baby the opportunity for a more comfortable pregnancy and a safer, easier birth!
Pregnancy and birth need our respect – not intervention. Chiropractic is a natural approach to life and health which helps the mother gain trust in her body’s own ability to accomplish this incredible, innate process.
Dr. Giselle Chamberlain BSc, DC
evolve Nurturing Vitality™
102 – 2025 W. Broadway
Vancouver, BC V6J 1Z6
*Information provided courtesy of Dr. Jeanne Ohm DC