Finding out your baby is breech can mean abandoning your clearly thought out birth plan and having to opt for a more medically assisted birth or even a cesarean section. However, it may be possible to get that baby to turn before you give birth with a visit to the chiropractor.

What is chiropractic care and why would it help?

“Chiropractic care is essentially about enabling the body to work the best that it can by removing nerve interference. When there is clear communication occurring, the body knows what it needs to do, where it needs to do it and how it needs to be done,” says Dr. Jenny Dubisar-Brost, a chiropractor who is trained and certified by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA) and certified in the Webster technique, in addition to her formal chiropractic education. All the nerves that control every part of our bodies run through the spine. Misalignments in the spine can compromise the ability for the nerves to function properly. “These misalignments may cause detours, delays, and poor directions to the vital information that flows between our brains and bodies, and between the systems of our bodies,” Dubisar-Brost says.

Misalignments, or subluxations as they are often referred to by chiropractors, can occur from physical stress like poor ergonomics, awkward working positions, not enough proper exercise, accidents or trauma, etc., chemical stressors like dehydration, medications and hormones or emotional stressors like stress. Pregnancy increases the likelihood each of these stressors thanks to increased hormones, added strain on the body from a growing fetus and the general stress that often surrounds pregnancy.

What is Webster technique?

Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the ICPA discovered this technique as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function, specifically in the sacral region. The sacrum is the base of your spine and pregnancy can cause added stress on the area. “The sacrum is the key player in this technique because, on the front of the sacrum, there are ligaments that attach to the back of the uterus, anchoring it from tilting forward. When the sacrum is misaligned, it pulls on those ligaments, which causes tension and torqueing to occur, pulling the uterus out of proper position,” Dubisar-Brost says.

As the ligaments pull on the uterus, they cause it to change shape and constrain the fetus. “The uterus becomes more oval shaped than round, and may cause babies to find less-than-optimal positions, or distribute the growing weight unevenly on the pelvis,” she says. The ligaments don’t just impact the baby in utero either; they can also make giving birth more difficult. “It is those round ligaments that are needed during birth for effective and efficient contractions. When they are pulled tight and out of alignment during the pregnancy, they are less capable of doing their job during labor,” Dubisar-Brost says.

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