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Did you know that recent studies indicate that almost 80% of women experience lower back and/or pelvic problems (and pain) during pregnancy? In addition, the inability to do much about it has led many women to feel that they could not enjoy their pregnancy due to such discomfort. For this very reason, we felt a strong need to offer these women the services they need to have an optimal pregnancy experience.
Chiropractic care not only provides natural and effective pain relief, but also improves spinal function, strengthens vital core musculature, and improves birth-related outcomes. Remember, the nervous system is the master communication system to all the body systems including the reproductive system. It is vital that you have an optimally functioning nervous system during pregnancy in order to ensure your baby is receiving 100% of the nerve supply that it needs.
Currently, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association recommends that women receive chiropractic care throughout pregnancy to establish pelvic balance and optimize the room a baby has for development throughout pregnancy. With a balanced pelvis, babies have a greater chance of moving into the correct position for birth, and the crisis and worry associated with breech and posterior presentations may be avoided altogether. 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.
If your baby has not moved into the vertex position (head down) after your 7th month, come visit us today. The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, and balances out pelvic muscles and ligaments which in turn removes constraint to the woman's pelvis. Many times, this avoids a C-section birth, as the need for medical intervention during labor greatly decreases in women who have had prenatal chiropractic care.
There are no known contraindications to chiropractic care throughout pregnancy. Dr. Helia is one of very few chiropractors in the area trained to work with women who are pregnant, and she even specializes in working with women who are trying to conceive. In our office we will use tables that adjust for a pregnant woman's body, and will use techniques that avoid unneeded pressure on the abdomen.