It’s great to see a Chiropractor throughout your pregnancy:
Chiropractic care is becoming an important part of birth preparation for many pregnant women these days.
To understand how chiropractic care may assist, it is important to look at the mother’s and baby’s biomechanics throughout pregnancy.
As a mother’s weight increases, her center of gravity shifts outward and her postural compensations respond accordingly. In addition, the ligament laxity necessary for birthing adds to instability in all of her joints, including her spine and pelvis. The mother’s pelvis has various key ligaments attached that support her uterus. As the baby grows, their role becomes increasingly important. If her pelvis is in biomechanical balance during pregnancy, the uterus will be supported symmetrically. This allows the baby optimal room for movement in utero and provides it the opportunity to develop free of constraint.
A misaligned pelvis may also make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.
Compiled using information from the following sources:
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, http://www.icpa4kids.org/
Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, Volume 25, July/August 2002.