For many women, pregnancy can be an uncomfortable experience. The physical and hormonal changes involved with pregnancy come with an alteration of the spinal and pelvic alignment. This alteration, or misalignment, is often very uncomfortable (and sometimes painful) for the pregnant mother.
One of the hormones that increases during pregnancy is relaxin. Relaxin helps ligaments, especially those in the pelvic area, to loosen up to accommodate the expansion of the growing baby and uterus. While relaxin helps your bones shift in order to make room for the baby, it can also make those pelvic bones unstable in their position. This usually causes painful misalignment for the pregnant mother. This is why chiropractic during pregnancy is important.
The elaborate network of ligaments, tendons, muscles, and nerves along your spine and pelvis are important to maintaining proper functionality for your whole body. Obviously when you have a misalignment, complications can arise, for pregnant women one of those complications can be a baby in the breech position late in the pregnancy.
Because of the way your pelvis and sacrum as set up, they move as one (most of the time.) So when one part of the pelvis has moved into a posterior misalignment, the opposite side is moved forward. This can cause the sacrum to tilt, which often causes pain and/or tightness in the legs. This tilting can also cause the birth canal to narrow, making natural childbirth complicated.
The Webster Technique, is used in chiropractic to balance the pelvis properly, while reducing the stress on the ligaments the support the uterus.
The round ligaments that hold the uterus in place within the abdomen can become thin and tight. This sometimes causes sharp pains and restricts the space that baby has to maneuver within the womb. This restricted movement often causes a baby to stay in a breech position beyond 37 weeks. Once a chiropractor has helped to properly align the pelvis and sacrum, they can use the Webster Technique to relieve the tightness in the round ligaments. This will allow the baby to shift freely within the womb to get into the proper birthing position.