You have the initial excitement of announcing the pregnancy, and then you come to the realization.......
You now have this beautiful little human growing inside you and your body is starting to freak out! Your hormones start going astray, you’re developing some serious curves, and to top it all off, your having some low back pain, sciatic discomfort, pubic pain, there’s this “weird” clicking thing that happens when you walk.
Carrying a baby is one of the most amazing things a woman’s body can do, but with it may come some unanticipated discomfort. During pregnancy the woman’s body naturally begins to acclimate to the increased curvatures of the spine to better support the weight of the ever growing belly. The low back starts to curve into a little more lordosis, which can cause some increased stress locally, but also on the upper back and neck. The baby may be laying awkwardly in the pelvis, causing discomfort in the sacroiliac joints or the pubic symphysis. Or the most dreaded, that nagging sciatic pain from waddling around or from the pelvis and surrounding musculature being *extra* tight. Fortunately, this does not happen to everyone who is pregnant, but if it does, you’re not alone. We have some great techniques to help!
Chiropractic care throughout pregnancy can help significantly in achieving optimal health and function of the body, as well as the comfort of you and your baby. One well known and respected technique created specifically for the pregnant population is the Webster technique. The Webster technique is a protocol that directly addresses the anatomy of the pelvis and the asymmetries that can occur with pregnancy. The practitioner provides a specific assessment and treatment that directly targets imbalances in the sacrum and SI joints which can influence uterine function, contractions, and mal-positioned babies. Following the analysis, the practitioner would determine the areas that are not moving well within the pelvis and associated musculature, and help normalize these areas to create a more comfortable resting place for the baby and less stress on the mother!
Disclaimer: This technique is NOT proven to turn breeched babies, but it does help decrease the uterine tension allowing the baby to move in a more desirable position. If you look at the anatomy of the female body, and according to an article written by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), “the uterus is physically attached to the pelvis and sacrum by the way of the utero-sacral ligaments behind the uterus and the round ligaments in front and the broad ligaments on each side. During pregnancy, the increased physical loads on the skeleton and the presence of the hormone relaxin in soft tissues make it easy for the sacrum and pelvic bones to shift... When this occurs, the ligaments described above may be pulled and create undue tension in the uterus” (2)
Overall, mamas, it is important to seek care even before you start to experience any type of discomfort to be sure the environment for your baby is optimal. Be sure to find a Webster practitioner near you and remember that PDC can help you with our own holistic chiropractic care! To learn more about our integrative therapists please call or email us today!
Stay tuned for our future blog posts on some postpartum tips to get yourself back to feeling great!
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