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Denver Chiropractor | Denver chiropractic care | CO | Pregnancy and Chiropractic

1699 South Colorado Blvd Unit M
Denver, CO 80222

Phone:  (303) 953.1471

Dr. Kari Jeske DC


Pregnancy and Chiropractic

About half of all expectant mothers will develop low-back pain at some point during their pregnancy, especially during later phase - when the baby's head presses down on a woman's back, legs, and buttocks, irritating her sciatic nerve. For those who already suffer from lower-back pain, the problem can become even worse with pregnancy.

During pregnancy, a woman's center of gravity shifts forward to the front of her pelvis. The displaced weight increases stress on all of her joints. As the baby grows, the woman's weight is projected even farther forward which increases her low back curve and therefore placing extra stress on her spinal disks.

During pregnancy there is an increase in the amount of hormones released, which help loosen the ligaments attached to the pelvic bones. This change, helps accommodate the growth of the baby but it can also result in postural imbalances, such as a misaligned spine or pelvis.

When the pelvis is misaligned it can reduce the amount of space available for the developing baby. This restriction is called intrauterine constraint. A misaligned pelvis may make it difficult for the baby to get into the best possible position for delivery.

Chiropractic care during pregnancy can help with:

  • Maintaining a healthier pregnancy
  • Controlling symptoms of nausea
  • Increasing the likelihood of full-term delivery
  • Reducing the time of labor and delivery
  • Relieving back, neck or joint pain
  • Preventing a potential cesarean section

Many physicians and midwives routinely recommend chiropractic care as a safe and effective form of treatment for mid and lower back pain, sciatica, and other aches and pains associated with pregnancy.


The Webster Technigue

The webster technique is a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that allows the mothers pelvis to function optimally.  When the pelvis muscles and ligaments are working correctly it reduces torsion on the uterus and decreases the possibility of intrauterine constraint; this in turn allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.

As your baby develops, your uterus enlarges to accommodate the rapid growth. So long as the pelvis is in a balanced state, the ligaments connected to the uterus maintain an equalized, supportive suspension for the uterus. If your pelvis or sacrum is out of balance in any way, these ligaments become torqued and twisted, causing a condition known as constraint to your uterus. This constraint limits the space of the developing baby.

If the woman’s uterus is constricted as birth approaches, the baby is prevented from getting into the best possible position for birth. Even if the baby is in the desirable head down position, often time’s constraint of the uterus affects the baby’s head from moving into the ideal presentation for delivery. One of the most common constraint symptoms is a breech presentation, which is almost always resolved by delivering the infant by Cesarean section.

In expectant mothers presenting breech, there has been a high reported success rate of the baby turning to the normal head down position by using the Webster Technique. This technique has been successfully used in women whose babies present transverse and posterior as well. It has also successfully used with twins. At no time should this technique be interpreted as an obstetric, "breech turning" technique.

Certified Webster practitioners are Doctors of Chiropractic work specifically with your pelvis throughout pregnancy restoring it to a state of balance and creating an environment for an easier, safer delivery.

Denver Chiropractor | Pregnancy and Chiropractic. Dr. Kari Jeske is a Denver Chiropractor.