I know many of you have been to a chiropractor or are heading there soon (myself included). I have been hearing lots of stories lately from people saying that they had extremely easy labor and delivery and attribute it to prenatal chiropractic care. Have any of you had experience with this? Am I getting my hopes up that regular visits to the chiropractor might help me have an easier birth?
I seem to be the only person I know who is VERY wary of chiropractors. I went to one that many recommended when I hurt my back. The adjustments caused tremendous pain. I am 100% convinced that his adjustments to my hip ultimately caused my disc to rupture, requiring spinal surgery. Can you try massage and support belts first?
I went a lot when I was pg with DS but it didn't help me at all during labor and delivery. However, maybe it was because I didn't go there for that specifically? I went for lower back pain. I did do a prenatal massage for delivery at about 36 weeks but again, that didn't help either.
Perhaps you have to specifically ask for a treatment plan targeting those goals.
I am not really afraid of going. I have been going for years and never had any trouble. At this point, my back hurts and I need it, whether it makes labor easier or not.
I just got home from the chiropractor. I love her, she is Webster-certified (specific techniques meant for pregnant women) and has birthed 3 babies of her own including one homebirth. I always like it when a practitioner has been in your shoes and knows what it's like to be pregnant and uncomfortable, and understands the goal you have in mind (a smooth, natural childbirth). And her treatments helped me tremendously during my second pregnancy. So I'll be seeing her regularly till birth I'm sure.
As for whether or not it helped my birth process, I believe it did. My DS had a tendency to want to turn posterior, but with regular adjustments we were able to prevent him from doing that. During my labour I "stalled" at 3 cm and my MW determined that was from his head being malpositioned (again, he was probably trying to turn). She had me do some exercises to get his head to turn. It worked, and he was born no problem. I know how malaligned I was before the last few weeks of pregnancy, so I believe that if we hadn't done anything like chiro treatments, he could have easily stuck in a posterior position and that would have certainly caused a more difficult birth.
So I wouldn't say that chiro treatments will ensure an easy birth, but I do think they can prevent some potential problems. Would the same effect have been achieved with massage and physical therapy treatments for malalignment? Maybe, it's quite possible. But I am comfortable with chiro care so that's the route we went.
I have found incredible relief from chiropractic work, but I am not surprised to hear some have had bad experiences. I have seen a bad chiropractor who did NOTHING to help me and basically just stole my money, and my new chiropractor who is a lifesaver!!!!!! I had horrific migraines earlier in pregnancy that were brought on by neck issues I've struggled with for years. I guess being pregnant brought out more of the pain. Unlike my previous doctor, she was able to finally, FINALLY fix my neck and my migraines have disappeared. I am so thankful.
I'm also going to go more often as I get closer to delivery...last time I was in, she showed me a model of a pelvis and manipulated it so I could see the size difference in the birth canal when you are aligned and when you're not. It was HUGE...I want to make sure I do everything to stay aligned, lol! I'm interested to hear those exercises too