is the adaptive ability of the human body more apparent than during and after pregnancy. The physical and chemical changes that occur are still not fully comprehended by the medical community. These changes are all aimed at creating an optimal environment for the developing fetus.
Pregnancy should be a time of great joy and anticipation. But, as pregnancy progresses, many of the changes occurring cause a wide variety of symptoms including discomfort. Pregnancy is a dynamic process with tremendous changes taking place in a very short period of time.
Clinical studies have revealed a number of benefits to receiving ongoing Chiropractic adjustments before, during, and after pregnancy.
By alleviating the damaging effects of spinal subluxations, Chiropractic care helps mothers to remain active throughout pregnancy. One study found that ongoing exercise helps contribute to normal, on-time delivery.(1) We also now know that expectant mothers who maintain a moderate weight bearing exercise program during early pregnancy improve the likelihood of having healthy, heavier babies .(2) And babies of greater birth weight tend to be more intelligent in adulthood .(3)
Another study conducted by Irvin Henderson MD, a trustee of the American Medical Association, concluded that pregnant women who received Chiropractic care during their 3rd trimester were able to carry and deliver with more comfort .(4) Studies conducted by orthopedic researcher Per Freitag MD showed that pain meds during delivery was reduced by half in pregnant patients under regular Chiropractic care .(5)
Reduced Labor Times
Chiropractic researcher Dr. Joan Fallon conducted studies that showed a 24% reduction in average labor time for first-time mothers who received Chiropractic care, and 39% reduction for women who were delivering for the second or third time! (6)
Optimal Fetal Positioning – The Webster Method
The Webster protocol is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. There are no other doctors (only specially trained chiropractors) in the world who are able to perform the Webster protocol.
Unlike a medical procedure, which may be very painful and/or dangerous, chiropractors don’t actually turn your baby. It is proposed that sacral misalignment may cause the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus which may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.
The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has also determined the importance of pelvic neuro-biomechanics for the prevention of dystocia (difficult birth). Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjusting in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomenchanics.
It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers should have their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.There are cases published in the chiropractic literature that support his theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.
Please visit ICPA4kids.org for more information on Chiropractic benefits before, during, and after pregnancy.
(Family First) was great in helping with my breech baby. After only one visit at 38 weeks, my daughter was able to move head down into optimal birthing position. My lower back pain was also much less after my visit. Jessica Pulliam
Dr Kelli has been a wonderful chiropractor during both of my pregnancies. I have seen her for relieve normal aches and pains as well as migraine relief. She does a wonderful job explaining the purpose behind her treatment strategies, how things affect the different parts of the body, and provides natural methods of treatment that I can use alone or with other forms of treatment as is needed for my lifestyle. I feel calm and comforted both physically and mentally when I leave their office! Christina G.
1.) Hatch M, Levin B, Shu XO, et al. Maternal leisure-time exercise and timely delivery. American Journal of Public Health 1998;88:1528-33
2.) Clapp F, Kim H, Burciu B. et al. Beginning regular exercise in early pregnancy: effect on fetoplacental growth. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2000;183:1484-8
3.)Richards M, Hardy R, Kuh D, et al. Birth weight and cognitive function in the British 1946 birth cohort: longitudinal population based study. BMJ 2001;322:199-203
4.)Henderson I. American Medical Association records released in 1987 during trial in U.S. District Court Northern Illinois Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777, May, 1987
5.) Freitag P. Expert Testimony of P. Freitag MD PhD comparing the results of two neighboring hospitals, U.S. District Court Northern Illinios Eastern Division, No. 76 C 3777 May 1987
6.)Fallon J. The Effect of Chiropractic Treatment on Pregnancy and Labor: A Comprehensive Study. Proceedings of the World Federation of Chiropractic, 1991:24-31