Pregnancy and Chiropractic

Chiropractic is beneficial for every pregnant woman. It is especially valuable to women who have had difficult deliveries in the past, women who have had C-sections (regardless of whether they want to attempt a VBAC or repeat cesarean), and women that have malpositioned babies (breech, transverse, or oblique). If you want to learn more about the science behind pelvic misalignment and natural childbirth, READ ON!!

 "Chiropractic can mean the difference between a vaginal and a surgical birth" Sarah Clark Issue 41 ICPA

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.

But how is this possible? You might ask. As a chiropractor, I do not manually turn the baby inside the womb. But I have noticed, that as I work on the mother's contracted pelvic ligaments, a surprising event occurs - the baby shifts positions! I have found that the baby almost always prefers the "looser", roomier side of the anterior portion of the mother's pelvis. This is for the most part just fine for the position of the baby - sometimes it caused the baby to be malpositioned. However, whichever side the baby is on can cause more weight distribution on that side, and the mother almost always experiences discomfort on the back side of the pelvis on that same side.

Sometimes a pregnant mother experiences pain on the front of the pelvis at the pubic bone. This is known as SPD or Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction. There is a an actual joint in the front of the pelvis called the symphysis pubis and it can be manipulated to relieve pressure and discomfort. It can also be caused by an imbalance in the alignment of the SI joint or any of the ligaments shown below:

According to the American Pregnancy Association, "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."