Benefits of Prenatal Chiropractic Care for You and Your Baby
There are many benefits to receiving chiropractic care during pregnancy. During pregnancy, a woman’s pelvis supports her growing uterus with specific ligaments. The uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically with the growing baby when the pelvic bones are balanced. If the pelvic bones are out of alignment, however, this will directly affect the way the uterus is supported. In some cases, the constraint caused by the misalignment of the pelvic bones restricts the baby’s positions during pregnancy, which adversely affects the baby’s developing cranium and spine. Any birth position other than the optimal vertex, occiput anterior potion of the baby indicates the inhibiting effects of constraint. These other positions lead to longer, more painful labor with increased medical interventions during birth. In many cases, the mother and medical providers resort to a C-section, causing both the mother and baby to miss the many benefits of a natural vaginal birth. Through prenatal chiropractic in Sunnyvale, California, Dr. Meir Tako strives to avoid constraint and ensure the ideal position for the baby. In addition, chiropractic care during pregnancy can:
- Control symptoms of nausea
- Maintain a healthier pregnancy
- Prevent a potential cesarean delivery
- Reduce the time of labor and delivery
- Relieve neck, back, and joint pain
Prenatal Chiropractic Techniques
We use the Webster Technique at The Chiropractic Way. This is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment designed to reduce interference to the nerve system and facilitate biomechanical balance in the pelvic muscles, ligaments, and structures. The Webster Technique has been shown to reduce the effects of intrauterine constraint, which allows the baby to get into the best possible birth position.
The Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association. He discovered this as a safe method to restore proper pelvic function and balance for pregnant women. This technique has a high reported success rate in expectant mothers with a child in breech position; through this method, we can often help the baby return to a normal vertex position. The Webster Technique has also been found to be successful for women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. In addition, it has been used successfully with twins. Any baby position other than ROA may indicate the presence of sacral subluxation and intrauterine constraint. However, the Webster Technique should not be interpreted as an obstetric, “breech turning” technique.
We strongly suggest that the Webster Technique analysis and adjustment of the sacrum be performed throughout pregnancy. This helps to detect imbalance and optimize pelvic biomechanics to prepare for an easier, safer birth. Because chiropractic adjustments have an effect on all body functions through reducing nerve system stress, it is recommended that expectant mothers have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, which helps to optimize health benefits for both the mother and baby.