The Key to a Pain Free Pregnancy
BY DR. KIMBERLY DELMAGE, DC
According to the American Pregnancy Organization and the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, women who seek chiropractic care during pregnancy report 24% shorter labor and delivery times and have fewer complications and 75% of women who received chiropractic care during their pregnancies stated they found relief from pain. Due to the increased hormone called relaxin that is secreted during pregnancy, a woman’s ligaments are more flexible and often any areas of weakness in the alignment of the spine are made worse. This can result in lower back pain and sciatica, neck pain and headaches, pubic symphysis pain and sacroiliac discomfort. The sooner you begin care the more likely you are to avoid the common pains and discomforts many women experience during pregnancy.
One of the most important roles of a chiropractor in prenatal care is to establish pelvic balance and alignment, not only to reduce the mother’s discomfort but also to allow the baby to be in the best position for delivery. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room for the developing baby to be comfortable and they may seek out a less than optimal positioning for birth. A specialized treatment called the Webster Technique can be performed by a certified chiropractor if the baby is in the breech position during the final weeks of pregnancy. This technique is performed to safely turn the baby into the ideal position for delivery and has an 85 percent success rate when performed before 39 weeks. Common pregnancy complaints such as heartburn, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and even swelling in the hands and feet can be relieved with chiropractic care.