Very few life events are more miraculous than bringing a baby into the world. But with mothers-to-be experiencing such dramatic changes in their bodies, pregnancy can be at times physically and emotionally challenging.
As chiropractors we have the utmost respect for the wisdom and intelligence of your body in creating a new life. Chiropractic care can offer pregnant mothers and babies many benefits, from assisting with spinal problems during pregnancy to helping make the birth and recovery process easier.
Research has shown that 50% of pregnant women experience spinal problems during their pregnancies. This can be caused by hormonal changes such as the stretching of ligaments and greater laxity of joints, and the growing weight of the baby altering posture and centre of gravity.
Commonly these changes alter the alignment of a pregnant mother´s spine and pelvis, in turn affecting how her nervous system performs. Such spinal misalignments can also lead to constraints in the uterus, affecting the positioning and development of the baby.
One study demonstrated that having regular chiropractic care throughout pregnancy resulted in a less stressful pregnancy along with less discomfort during delivery.
Other studies have found that regular chiropractic care during pregnancy directly reduced the labor time of first-time moms by 24%, and by 39% for mothers who had birthed before, and that regular care resulted in a 50% drop in the need for painkillers during delivery.
Chiropractic techniques which improve the alignment of the pelvis can also facilitate ideal baby positioning, particularly if a baby is breech due to uterine constraint. Research from 2002 reported 82% of breech babies naturally turned with the use of the Webster Chiropractic Technique.
At Eindhoven we have extensive training and experience working with pregnant mums and babies. We invite you to have a chat with us about how we may help.