Pregnancy is a great stress for the female body, especially for the pelvis and spine.
- Weight gain
- Changed pelvic position
- Less movement
- Stretching of ligaments, especially in the pelvis
- Hormonal changes
Lead to malpositions of the pelvis and spine and can complicate pregnancy and significantly affect the birth process
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Important information about pregnancy and birth from a chiropractic perspective.
How your pregnancy unfolds and the decisions made during this time depend largely on how you perceive the world around you. Do you see your world as a place of hostility where you must fight to stay healthy? That’s a very automatic perspective in our medical health care system. Or do you see the world more vitalistically? You instinctively trust your body and Mother Nature, support and encourage the natural course of things, and know that everything happens for a reason. You see your body as a whole and try to find a cause instead of treating symptoms. You understand that healing comes from within and all you need to do is support that process?
Chiropractic is absolutely vitalistic in its definition. The following information includes how you can help the body retain its naturalness through chiropractic. During and also after pregnancy you give Mother Nature the space to breathe.
THE CHAIN REACTION The natural birth itself is often misunderstood.
THE POSITION OF THE MOTHER There is nothing natural about giving birth lying on your back. No other “mammal” goes into this position to give birth. The mother’s sacrum should be able to move freely backwards, only in this way can the birth canal widen. If the mother lies on her back in bed with her entire weight on this bone, the mobility of the sacrum is restricted. In order for the baby to fit through the mother’s pelvis, the sacrum MUST be free to move! There are some alternatives as far as the position of the birthing woman is concerned. These should be discussed in advance with the midwife, the attending physician and also with the partner. In the end, you should decide what feels right for you. Possibilities are for example: Squatting, lying on your side, quadrupedal position or in the bathtub.
SILENCE AND BIRTH: The birth process is a very intimate process that involves surrender and opening. This requires a suitable atmosphere and, above all, a lot of rest for the mother. Continuous disturbances from outside interrupt the birthing process again and again and make it very difficult for the mother to give birth in a relaxed way.
EPIDURAL ANESTHESIA (PDA): The mother is anesthetized, no more pain is felt, but she can no longer push adequately by herself. The mother is virtually disconnected from the birth process. The stress has a negative effect on the baby and often the birth process ends in an emergency cesarean section. The question arises, what effects/side effects do the drugs have on the unborn child?
BREATHING IS IMPORTANT: As a mother, try to get into your labor rhythm, breathe deeply and long and relax your face to a large extent. Don’t suppress the sounds but let them out, give your contractions a sound. Preferably a long aaaaaaaa.
THE CESAREAN SECTION: There are emergencies where a C-section is essential – no question about it – and that’s fine. BUT! Planned cesarean sections are dramatically increasing. These bring significant disadvantages for mother and child. We strongly advise against a planned cesarean section. The passage of the birth canal has decisive effects, e.g. immunological. If you have to deliver a baby by cesarean section, please note the following: The first thing your baby absorbs through the mouth are germs from the vagina and the anal area. This significantly shapes the child’s immune system. Make sure that these germs get into the mouth of your cesarean baby. !
HOW TO AVOID TRIGGERING THE CHAIN REACTION
There are three aspects to a natural birth:
- Energy: the mother develops this energy all by herself and in control, she pushes at the right time and with the right force to make the birth happen.
- Opening of the pelvis: If the pelvis is well aligned and mobile enough, almost nothing can go wrong. Giving birth does not mean lying statically on your back. Move around, walk around, find a position that suits you. For example, circle your pelvis and help your baby to slide down further.
- The baby: If the baby has developed optimally during the pregnancy and lies correctly in the birth canal, nothing stands in the way of the natural birth.
HOW CAN CHIROPRACTIC HELP THE PROCESS?
The uterus is a muscular tube, and as we know all muscles are dependent on nervous control. The nerve supply for the uterus exits at the level of Th10 – L1 and S2 – S4. Malalignment of said vertebral joints or blockage of sacroiliac joint can affect nerve flow.
Regular chiropractic treatments ensure the greatest possible potential of nerve supply. The uterus is also held in place by flexible ligaments, two of which are directly connected to the inside of the sacrum (S2).
Therefore, if the sacrum is twisted or blocked, the pull of these ligaments will cause imbalance, i.e. stress will be directed to the uterine organ and thus to the fetus. Chiropractors are specially trained to identify and correct these misalignments. The ligaments that stabilize the uterus also pull forward toward the pubic bone. When the sacrum is displaced, these ligaments are strained to the detriment of the fetus and interfere with the natural position of the fetus. The mother should take advantage of the opportunity to receive chiropractic care, get regular treatment, and thus utilize the body’s optimal capacity to ensure a free nervous system for herself and the child during pregnancy, delivery, and afterwards.
CHIROPRACTIC RECOMMENDATION: We recommend a visit to the chiropractor once a week during pregnancy, for the entire duration of the pregnancy
- even if there are no symptoms. The stress relief from the nervous system has a positive effect on the baby, so it is easy to enjoy the many little wonders of pregnancy. There are no known side effects of chiropractic care at any stage of pregnancy. And very IMPORTANT: Trust nature!
IMPORTANT EXTRAS The umbilical cord should not be cut while it is still pulsating, as it stores important oxygen for the baby and 8% of the blood volume. The baby does not need to be cleaned right away and the examinations can also wait a bit. The bond between the parents and the child is the most important thing here. Everything else can wait! On average, a newborn should start sucking on the breast after about 30 minutes. If vitamin K seems important to you, please give it orally, not by injection.
A cesarean birth, not breastfeeding the baby, and giving antibiotics and vaccinations in general will weaken the baby’s immune system.
The chiropractors at Chirolounge Munich are trained in treating pregnant women and children. Do you have any questions? We are here for you and look forward to meeting you and your family in person.
The Chirolounge Team