For many expectant mothers, a painful pregnancy and fear of a painful birth temper the impending joy of welcoming a new child. At Meek Chiropractic in Springfield MO Dr. Danielle "Dani" Engle and Dr Christine Carsonunderstand these complex emotions of fear, pain and excitement. That’s why Dr. Dani and Dr Carson offer chiropractic prenatal and pregnancy care, with specific focus on the Webster Technique, for managing pregnancy pain and preparing your body for a successful natural childbirth.
During pregnancy, the body naturally secretes the relaxin hormone, which will help loosen ligaments in the pelvic region, accommodating a woman’s expanding uterus and growing baby. Too much ligament relaxation, however, can cause instability in the pelvic bones. At the same time, expectant mothers experience additional strain on the lumbar spine due to changes in spinal curvature in response to the growing baby. This combination of muscle relaxation and increased pressure can cause core weakness and instability, making it difficult to carry the baby without experiencing pain. Additionally, any pelvic misalignments will exacerbate this pregnancy pain and make a successful natural birth more difficult.
Chiropractic adjustments are safe and effective for managing pregnancy-related pain. As long as misalignments in the pelvis and sacrum exist, expectant mothers will experience intensified pregnancy pain. Worse, these misalignments may also increase the risk for a breech birth. Dr. Dani and Dr. Carson recommend regular adjustments to keep the pelvis properly aligned. As the pelvic region adjusts to accommodate the growing fetus, chiropractic adjustments support these adjustments by maintaining proper alignment. These adjustments also allow the nerves within the pelvic region to deliver messages between the brain and the growing fetus without interference.
As women enter their final trimester, the excitement of meeting their new child is tempered by the fear of a painful and difficult childbirth. Many women hope for a natural, drug-free birth, but are warned this may not be possible if the baby is in a breech position. The Webster Technique is a special chiropractic adjustment technique that reduces stress on the ligaments near the uterus and helps to prepare women for a successful natural birth. Reducing stress on the ligaments is essential in the final months of pregnancy. Without effective prenatal care, tension and tightness in these ligaments can cause painful spasms. These spasms restrict a baby’s natural movements within the uterus, preventing a baby from naturally moving out of the breech position.
Both Dr. Dani and Dr. Carson extensive experience using the Webster Technique and chiropractic prenatal care has helped prevent breech births, allowing many women to avoid unnecessary birthing interventions. The Webster adjustment technique allows the baby to safely and comfortably rearrange him or herself within the uterus, moving out of the breech position.
If you are expecting a new addition to your family, chiropractic care is an important part of prenatal care. If you want to learn more about how chiropractic adjustments, including the Webster Technique, can prepare your body for a successful natural birth, contact Meek Chiropractic in Springfield MO today.