Easier Delivery & Reduced Labour Times
“According to recent studies, chiropractic care may result in easier pregnancy including increased comfort during the third trimester and delivery and reduced need for analgesics (pain medication). In one study, women receiving chiropractic care through their first pregnancy had 24% reduction in labour times and subjects giving birth for the second or third time reported 39% reduction in shorter labour times.” ICPA
While we can use chiropractic adjustments to help your body be better balanced through the pelvis and sacrum throughout your pregnancy an additional benefit to our adjustments is in helping your through the actual labour. With some simple, gentle adjustments we can reduce the tension in the ligaments which attach the uterus to the sacrum (intrauterine constraint) while helping to improve your nervous system function. All this can help prepare your body for labour and improve your ease of delivery.
William’s Obstetrics notes the 3 causes of dystocia (difficult labour):
- Abnormalities of explosive forces (uterine contraction)
- Abnormalities of the bony passage (misalignment of the pelvis or sacrum)
- Abnormalities of presentation, position or development ( intrauterine constraint)
By adjusting and realigning the pelvis and sacrum chiropractic care addresses each of the potential biomechanical causes of difficult labour. This can help in reducing labour times and medical intervention during child birth.