Chiropractic care can be an integral part of a woman’s prenatal and postpartum care as a natural and gentle means for restoring balance and decreasing discomforts. Imbalances in the spine and surrounding muscles and ligaments will manifest themselves in a variety of ways that will affect the body's ability to function optimally. Notably during the stages of life while pregnant or in the post partum period and while taking care of a child; there are many changes in posture, repetitive stresses and growth patterns. As these changes occur, your back must work in new ways which can affect how your muscles and joints work together. This can result in pain or tension in a variety of ways such as: Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction/Pain, Round Ligament pain, Lower back and sciatic pain, Neck and shoulder discomforts, Headaches, and Breech or posterior positioned baby.
Besides pain or discomforts, another important reason for care throughout pregnancy is to help establish balance in the mother's pelvis. Because when imbalances are in an expectant woman’s pelvic and sacral regions it can directly have an effect on the size and shape of the pelvic outlet and the support it provides to her growing uterus with specific ligamentous connections resulting in a less than optimum passage for the baby. Williams Obstetrics text tells us 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 the woman's pelvis is decreased when the sacrum is displaced.