A chiropractor can be a key provider of pregnancy care, because certain chiropractic treatments can help relieve the back complaints and other discomfort that occur while you’re carrying a baby. Dr. Carline Clerge-Leger is a skilled chiropractor at Well Care Integrative Medicine in West Palm Beach, Florida, who has extensive experience in chiropractic pregnancy care. She’s also trained in the Webster technique, which may help a breech baby turn to the proper position for birth. Call today for your appointment or book your pregnancy care visit online.
Chiropractic care focuses on keeping your spine healthy and in proper alignment while relieving pressure on sensitive nerves that can cause pain when irritated. When your backbone is properly aligned, your entire body experiences the benefit of a supportive and flexible spine.
Many physical changes occur during pregnancy which can throw your joints and spine out of alignment. As your abdomen becomes more protuberant, for instance, it can increase the curve in your lower back and cause other changes to your posture which can trigger back pain.
At least half of all women report lower back pain and dull aching in the hips and pelvic region during pregnancy. Chiropractic care during your pregnancy can decrease your discomfort, according to 75% of women studied during a recent medical research project.
A properly aligned spine helps your pelvis and hips assume their natural positions, which benefits you during the pregnancy and birthing process. Healthy spinal alignment also helps ensure your baby has plenty of room to grow and turn into the appropriate position for birth.
Chiropractic care is safe for most pregnant women. Dr. Clerge-Leger has undergone special training and has extensive experience in performing the gentle spinal manipulation and stretching exercises used during your chiropractic pregnancy care visits. The adjustment table she uses is specially designed to accommodate your growing tummy. Her warm, relaxing personality is often a stress reliever for frazzled moms to be.
Dr. Clerge-Leger asks that you obtain permission from your obstetrician before you start chiropractic care during your pregnancy. Chiropractic care is not recommended, however, if you’re experiencing complications such as vaginal bleeding, toxemia, or placenta previa.
Babies are meant to be born head down and typically turn into that position as your pregnancy progresses. If not, they’re in the breech position. Breech babies are turned feet or buttock first in the womb and require a cesarean section for safe delivery.
The Webster technique is a specialized sacral adjustment that’s used to help improve your pelvic alignment. This helps balance pelvic muscles and ligaments and may enable your baby to turn into the proper position for a natural birth.