As you approach the final stretch of your pregnancy, you may be counting down and stressing a little over things that still need to be done. Some women use the third trimester for finishing the nursery, baby shower planning, after delivery meal preparation or any last minute nesting items that need attention. This is also a vital time to really focus on labor and delivery plans and preparation. You may feel you are ready to get the last bit of this pregnancy moving along, only to get the heartbreaking news that your baby is in a breech position. You may be wondering how could this be?
There a few major reasons why a baby could end up in a breech position:
- Having too much amniotic fluid
- Having too little amniotic fluid
- Heart shaped uterus.
- Orientation of the Umbilical cord
- Misalignment of the pelvis
Chiropractic can help when the cause of a breech presentation baby is a misaligned pelvis. When a pregnant woman’s pelvis is not optimally aligned, it can cause strain, tightness or tension on the round ligaments of the uterus. The round ligaments are located on both sides of the uterus. They surround and support the uterus as it grows during pregnancy. As your baby and your womb continues to grow, the round ligament also continues to stretch.
With a misaligned pelvis, this ligament may not stretch evenly on one side, compared to the other. This can create an imbalance in the amount of space that your baby needs in your uterus, in order to be comfortably positioned. Your baby, being the innately intelligent being that s/he is, will move to get into a position that is most comfortable for them. Unfortunately, the more comfortable position could be a breech position, or a position that can increase the risk of a difficult and/or longer labor and delivery.
Chiropractors are trained to balance and correct misalignments of the pelvis. Some Chiropractors have received special training in the Webster Technique, which is specifically used to help pregnant women achieve and maintain a balanced pelvis during pregnancy.
Benefits of Webster’s Technique include an optimally positioned baby in the womb, as well as, a decrease in pelvic and pubic pain and discomfort, low back pain and sciatic pain.
Most of our patients who have been recipients of Webster’s Technique report feeling better and moving better throughout their pregnancy. It also has an 87% success rate in allowing your baby to get into the head down position for labor, as compared to a success rate of 58% for an External Cephalic Version.