Pregnancy and Chiropractic

For healthier, safer, and easier pregnancies and births

Pregnancy is an exciting time for an expectant mother and father, grandparents, siblings, and close friends. Regnancy and ChiropracticDuring this time we decide on babies name, we attend birthing classes, paint the babies room, experience those first fetal movements, attend baby showers, and many other activities in anticipation of this new miracle that will join us in those few short months. Our biggest desire however is to have a healthy pregnancy, a healthy birth, and most of all, a healthy baby.

Unfortunately, however, about 28% of all pregnancies in our country reach their termination through a surgical procedure called a C-section. Other concerns include miscarriage, birthing injuries, SIDS, vaccines, nutritional concerns, and many others. Invasive diagnostic procedures also have the potential to cause damage and should be avoided if possible. Robert Mendelson, MD cautions against the routine use of medical tests on healthy patients: “Stay away from x-rays, diagnostic ultrasound, doctor prescribed medication, and every other form of dangerous obstetrical intervention.” Being pregnant and giving birth has become a medical procedure instead of being the beautiful, natural experience God intended it to be. After all, pregnancy is normal and natural, not a disease.

The Chiropractic Link

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls and regulates every cell, tissue, and organ in the body. There is nothing that we experience or express as human beings that is not processed through the nervous system.

When there is interference to the nervous system, neither the body or the mind are capable of working properly. In fact, it is impossible. This interference not only effects our overall health, but because it distorts the way we see the world, and compromises the way we respond to the world, it effects us emotionally. What I do as a chiropractor is to locate and correct the cause of this nerve interference thus allowing the body to heal and function at its full potential. True health cannot exist as long as there is nerve interference. Chiropractic care enables you to truly live life to your full potential.

Chiropractic care is an important and essential consideration for the pregnant mother. All of her systems and organs are now supporting two lives instead of one and her optimal function is critical for her babies healthy development. The mother’s spine and pelvis will undergo many changes and adaptations to accommodate for this new life growing inside of her. Because of these changes, the risk of interference to her nervous system is greatly increased. The nervous system controls all of the function of the body, including those having to do with the growth and development of the baby and those processes involved in labor. Specific chiropractic adjustments throughout pregnancy are vital to ensure that the nervous system is functioning properly thus providing the greatest potential for a healthy pregnancy and birth.

Another important reason to get chiropractic care throughout pregnancy is to help establish a properly functioning, well balanced pelvis. A lifetime of stress and trauma to a mothers spine and pelvis can compromise the pelvic opening resulting in a less than optimum passage for the baby. William’s Obstetrics Text states that, “Any contraction of the pelvic diameters that diminish the capacity of the pelvis can create dystocia (difficulty) during labor.” They further state that the diameter of a woman’s pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is displaced. Chiropractors define this displacement as a subluxation. Chiropractic adjustments to the pelvis helps ensure that subluxations to the spine and pelvis do not exist therefore providing for the maximum amount of room for the baby to exit. Women who have been under chiropractic care during pregnancy report reduced labor times and less need for medication during labor.

Also, the woman’s pelvis supports her growing uterus with specific ligaments that connect to the pelvic bones. When the pelvic bones are balanced, the uterus is able to enlarge symmetrically with the growing baby. If the pelvic bones are subluxated or out of balance, this causes a torqueing of the uterus reducing the amount of room the baby has to develope. This is called intrauterine constraint. In some cases, this constraint restricts the babies position during pregnancy thus affecting the baby’s developing spine and cranium. This constraint also affects the baby’s ability to move into the right position for birth. Any position other than a head down occiput anterior position indicates the inhibiting effects of intrauterine constraint. These positions are what leads to long, painful labors and an increased need for medical intervention. Often C-sections are the end result and the mother and baby miss out on the many benefits of a natural vaginal birth.

We use a technique developed by the late Dr. larry Webster to remove intrauterine constraint. It is called “Webter’s Breech Turning Technique” or more accurately, “Webster’s In-utero Constraint Technique” and is an adjusting protocol for turning babies who are breech or posterior. It is much safer than version techniques and we have had good results with it even into late pregnancy. Chiropractic care has been shown to help women in their ability to become pregnant, maintain pregnancy, control vomiting during pregnancy, deliver full term infants with ease, and produce healthier infants. These special adjustments normalize the functions of the pituitary, adrenal, ovarian, and placental systems, including the cranialsacral respiratory mechanisms. This shortens labor and lessens medication requirement. Postpartum depression is a rarity in patients under chiropractic care.

Life Chiropractic Center

Dr. Thomas completed a fellowship with the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association in August of 2000 and is exclusive in Post Falls and North Idaho for this training. This allows him to care for pregnant mothers and infants in a more specialized manor. Whether you have an obstetrician, midwife, or family physician, Dr. Thomas will help you to have the most healthy pregnancy and birth experience you could possibly have. This natural, gentle approach is wonderful for pregnant women and because it is drugless, it will not harm the baby. Safe, natural, chiropractic care can help headache, backache, leg pain and sciatica, morning sickness, hemorrhoids, constipation, swelling, carpal tunnel syndrome, toxemia, and much more. Come talk to some of our mothers. If you are interested in the healthiest pregnancy and birth possible, give us a call.

Life Chiropractic Center – (208) 457-1551 – Located in Post Falls, Idaho.

“From infants to the elderly, restoring health and wellness one life at a time.”