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We often tell expecting mothers to get extra rest, enjoy the quiet (if possible), eat healthy, exercise, do kegels, take prenatal vitamins, ready the nursery, and so on, but as pregnant mothers we often don't hear "have you had an adjustment lately?"
Body work can be beneficial for everybody, but here are some RED FLAGS that would cause me to strongly suggest body work.
LIST OF RED FLAGS (taken from the spinning babies website)
Discomfort in pregnancy
Previous labor longer than 24-48 hours,
Fetal malposition or a position that sometimes is challenging
Previous tipped uterus
Previous car accident, or other sudden stop in gravity, even if mild
Sport or work movement that twists and stops, like softball or golf, throwing hay bales, giving chiropractic adjustments…
Common doesn't mean normal
Unfortunately discomfort during pregnancy is quite common, but it is not normal. Discomfort usually is a sign that something is imbalanced. Imbalance is when a muscle, ligament, or fascia is too tight, too loose, or the ligaments or organs are twisted. For instance, the lower uterus can get a twist in it after a sudden stop such as a fender bender in a car accident.
Round Ligament pain is quite common. It can be quite painful, and very alarming. Lots of women even rush to the hospital.
Lower back pain is also associated with pregnancy. Lower back pain may be your uterosacral ligament or pelvic pain. Pregnancy can cause quite a strain on both of these ligaments.
Whether hormonal or physical, these changes often cause some form of discomfort to mama. One of the major causes of pain in the lower back stems from changes in the pelvis. A hormone called relaxin is released to allow the pelvic ligaments to relax and stretch to make room for the expanding womb. This can also cause instability in the pelvis, which causes nerve pressure and pain. The round ligaments (which hold the uterus in suspension) also become tight as the uterus grows.
A misalignment can cause extra strain on the ligaments, hence that is why discomfort is usually felt more on one side. Round ligament pain is usually on the right side, but can affect either side.
Many people accept round ligament pain as part of a "normal" pregnancy, but there are different options on getting some relief and fixing the imbalances.
In this article we are going to discuss:
Chiropractors are your friend, especially during pregnancy! Just look at the amazing results this mama received by going to a chiropractor!
"Think this is different weeks of pregnancy?! Nope! This is before and after my adjustment today!
I often have moms tell me they breathe better after their adjustment and Webster check, but I've never done anything other than notice myself how much better I breathe and can move post adjustment.
Today my chiropractor, Janel and I did a little experiment - we measured and took photos before and after - I went from 42" around to 44 3/4" around! Not only is the tension gone from my sides, baby always kicks around happily after I get adjusted - even she knows a mom with a balanced pelvis and ligaments will give her more comfort too!
I seriously don't understand how people make it through pregnancy without a chiropractor! "
- Photo and qoute from Maria Scheafer Facebook
In her post Maria mentions the Webster method.
So what is the Webster method?
Chiropractors can correct slight dislocations up and down your spine, and in the pelvis. When the vertebrae are aligned, your brain is better at sending signals to the rest of your body, including your womb. With a correctly aligned pelvic area, baby can naturally fall into the correct position (LOA is preferred).
Left Occiput Anterior is the easiest fetal position to deliver baby. LOA allows for the smallest diameter to fit through the pelvis.
Photo credits - MamaNatrual
Some babies need extra space to move into this optimal fetal position. All chiropractic care is beneficial but the Webster Technique was meant to create this type of space for baby.
In the Webster Technique, the chiropractor targets the sacrum, hips and ligaments that may be twisting, pulling or weighing down your uterus. The goal is to improve pelvic balance and function. With a properly aligned pelvis, baby has the needed space to descend into the optimal fetal position LOA.
Additionally, chiropractic care, in general, corrects misalignments in the spine to improve communication between the nervous system and the rest of the body. Without the nervous system communication, our muscles, organs, ligaments, bones, and joints have a hard time functioning.
The Webster Technique is non-invasive, and has excellent benefits:
Turning a Breech baby
Relief of Back Pain
Relief of Sciatica
Reduced discomfort/difficulty during labor and delivery
Reduced occurrence of cesarean delivery
Overall reduced delivery time and more comfortable labor
You can call around local chiropractors and ask about Prenatal Chiropractic, ask what method they use. I would suggest to see your chiropractor once a month in your first trimester, and then every 2 weeks until your last week of pregnancy.
Make sure to talk to your care provider about chiropractic care.