Even more than simply good nutrition and less stress the well-being of your spine and nervous system influences the development of the baby. Preconception and prenatal chiropractic care for you can mean less morning sickness, less low back pain and an improved quality labor and delivery but more than that, it supports the integrity of your pelvic function, which includes the uterus, the muscles and ligaments, and the interfacing of the nervous system with fetal development and preparing for a healthy delivery.
Healthy pelvic function is vital for your baby’s development. During your child’s first nine months they will undergo tremendous growth and development as they prepare to enter this world. Your baby’s brain and nervous system is the first to develop following conception. The spine and skull, which is the housing that protects this vital master controller, develops later. Even before conception or during pregnancy a woman’s pelvic bones may lose their normal position or ability to move causing interference to their nervous system (pelvic subluxation). Physical, chemical, and emotional stressors can affect the quality of your pregnancy and a family wellness Chiropractor is as much an educator as they are a healthcare provider.
The Webster Technique, discovered by Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, is a specific chiropractic adjustment to correct sacral subluxation. Used most often on pregnant women, this adjustment balances muscles and ligaments in the woman's pelvis and may remove undue tension to the uterus. The goal of the Webster Technique is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation (misalignments), and sacroiliac (SI) joint dysfunction. Sacral subluxations may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia). Dystocia is caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation.
Correcting sacral and pelvic alignment through Chiropractic adjustments creates healthy pelvic positioning, which may help to prevent birth complications. Because of its importance, the Webster Technique is recommended throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate any imbalances and optimize pelvic alignment.