What is the connection between mom’s low back/pelvic alignment to baby positioning?
Establishing pelvic balance and alignment is another reason to obtain chiropractic care during pregnancy. When the pelvis is misaligned it may reduce the amount of room available for the developing baby. The uterus can be envisioned as a balloon being tethered by 8 ligaments – 4 of which can greatly affect the position of the uterus because they attach to the pelvis, including the 2 round ligaments in front on each side of the uterus and the 2 Utero-sacral ligaments behind the uterus. When the pelvis and sacrum become misaligned or don’t glide freely, the ligaments may become strained depending on the pelvic rotation and can act to “twist” the bottom of the uterus.
This twisting is called “intrauterine constraint” and can cause positional issues with the baby including breech, transverse, asynclitic head position (neck is flexed to side which can cause longer labors) and posterior babies (back labor). So keeping the pelvis aligned can help give a breech ortransverse baby room to turn, help baby lay on the left side, and can help shorten births by an average of 30%.
Common pregnancy complaints alleviated with chiropractic care
During pregnancy, there are several changes that occur in preparation for creating the environment for the developing baby. These may lead to structural and nervous system stress due to:
• hormonal changes resulting in ligament laxity leading to misalignment of joints and pain, commonly in the spine and pelvis
• emotional challenges due to the changing family dynamic and responsibilities
• increased breast and belly size leading to an increased low back curve and postural adaptations
Many common complaints during pregnancy can be managed through chiropractic care. The hormone relaxin begins to influence the body during the second week of gestation, causing the supportive ligaments that hold the joints in good alignment to become lax and misalignments occurs more frequently, resulting in:
- low back pain
- coccyx/tailbone pain
- pubic symphysis pain and dysfunction
- rib pain
Benefits of Chiropractic Care during pregnancy
Besides pain management, additional benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy may include:
- Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
- Controlling symptoms of nausea
- Reducing the time of labor and delivery (decrease by 24-39%)
- Relieving back, neck or joint pain
- Preventing a potential cesarean section
The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) (http://www.icpa4kids.org) offers numerous articles and research for you on pregnancy, birth and childhood health concerns. If you have any questions, please discuss any of them with us on your next visit to the office.