Pregnancy represents a time of amazing change for the mother-to-be. While the process of childbirth is nothing short of miraculous, it does take its toll on the mother’s body. Drs. Sandy and Adam Elbaum offer pre- and post-natal care through the Chester Family Chiropractic Clinic, in Chester, Virginia, to help smooth the way before, during and after pregnancy.
An expectant mother faces increased curving of the spine to offset the protrusion of the growing child up front. This makes for postural adaptations that may strain soft tissue, cause inflammation and result in pain. Balance of the pelvis may also change over the course of pregnancy.
When the alignment of the pelvis changes, it may affect the room available for the baby. This could contribute to posterior and breech positions at the time of birth. This, in turn, increases the risk of strain on the newborn’s spine during childbirth.
Regular chiropractic treatment through pregnancy helps keep the mother’s body in the best condition for delivery. An expecting mother under chiropractic care will generally experience a shorter and more comfortable delivery.
Chiropractic care can relieve neck, back and joint pain brought on by body changes during pregnancy. Maintaining spinal alignment and pelvic balance improves the chances for natural childbirth with the fetus positioned normally. Labor and delivery times may be shorter and care throughout pregnancy may reduce the incidence and severity of morning sickness.
The Webster technique recognizes the importance of proper balance and alignment of the sacrum – the last bone in the spine before the coccyx -- and pelvic bones. When these aren’t in a balanced position, the fetus may not be able to move freely within the mother’s uterus. The Webster adjustment realigns the sacrum, releasing tension in the pelvis and relieving strain on the uterus, allowing more freedom of movement and increasing the chances the baby moves to the proper birth position when the time comes. Dr. Larry Webster, the originator of the technique, saw a success rate over 90% across 1,000 pregnancies.
While there’s a chance that chiropractic treatment may help in the later stages of pregnancy, treatment throughout produces the best results by maintaining sacral alignment and pelvic balance. It’s never too soon to contact Chester Family Chiropractic Center to learn more about chiropractic care for expecting mothers.
Chester Family Chiropractic Center accepts most insurance plans. Please contact the office to confirm if your insurance is accepted.