Prenatal Chiropractic Care at Balance Chiropractic & Wellness
As a chiropractor and mother of two children, Dr. Jennifer Thompson as is passionate about providing children the same quality care as she would provide her own family.
Healthy Mommy, Healthy Baby
Pregnant moms produce a hormone called relaxin. Its highest levels are during the first and third trimester, leaving the mother’s joints to be very lax and sometimes hyper-mobile. This is why we encourage chiropractic care during all three trimesters of pregnancy, especially during the late second and entire third trimesters.
Chiropractic care can help mom be healthy and baby develop properly, too. Our pregnant moms are given gentle, effective adjustments uniquely personalized to their needs. We use special pregnancy pillows during the evaluation and adjustments to accommodate the growing belly and ensure comfort! We take great care in only adjusting the specific regions that need it, using a significantly lighter touch.
The Webster Technique
The benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy are many, but in terms of this specific technique, it helps maintain proper biomechanics of the changing pelvic structures.
How it works:
This specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment technique has the goal of reducing subluxation (misalignment) of the sacroiliac joint. This helps relieve tension on the uterine ligaments, reducing intra-uterine constraint and giving baby optimal positioning during labor and delivery.
The uterus is located within the pelvic cavity and it is attached to the pelvis and sacrum (tailbone) by ligaments. During pregnancy, as the uterus expands to accommodate the growing baby, these ligaments are pulled and strained. Since they are connected to the bony structures of the pelvis and sacrum, misalignments to these structures can cause greater strain on the ligaments and thus create intra-uterine constraint.
Intra-uterine constraint can ultimately obstruct normal movements of the baby, and may be a contributing factor to abnormal fetal presentation, such as posterior presentation, breech presentation, and transverse presentation.
Intra-uterine constraint can also have a direct effect on fetal positioning during labor and delivery. This can also be a leading factor in dystocia. Dystocia is defined by Williams Obstetrics as abnormal function during labor (including failure to progress, baby being “stuck”, and abnormal presentation of the fetus), and is the leading cause for invasive interventions such as using forceps or vacuum, and Cesarean section during labor and delivery.
We encourage you to talk to your midwife or OB about the benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy. We co-care with many offices locally, and have an open line of communication and referral relationships with the birth professionals in our community.
We look forward to helping you have a safe delivery and healthy baby. Schedule an appointment today. (515) 255-5330