Yes, we childbirth professionals tout that, basically, any position except the supine position facilitates an easier birth. Add to that the caring of your spine and pelvis to ensure that everything points directly and easily to the straightest path out of your body, and you have a great chance for an easier, shorter birth.
Additionally, looking at the physiology of labor and birth, the mechanics of the uterus, spine, and pelvis, how they are all interconnected and interrelated, it is easy to understand how even a minor subluxation can be disruptive to the natural process and biological timing of labor and birth.
Baby’s who are carried in uterus’ supported by misaligned spines and tipped pelvis’ tend to favor positions that are not optimal (breech, transverse, posterior, cranial hyperextension, shoulder dystocia, or asynclitic positions). Baby’s who are carried well supported uterus’ by well aligned spines and proportionately stable pelvis’ tend to favor optimal positions for their exit strategy.
Ideally, the well aligned spine, pelvis, and uterus will give optimal room for a well positioned, well supported baby to move easily down the birth canal. It will mean less aches and pains that are not related to physiological labor, meaning less physical and hormonal distraction from the work at hand – resulting in an easier labor and birth.
What About After Birth
Don’t stop going to the chiropractor just because you have given birth! Your body is constantly in a state of motion, shift, and change. Also, immediately following birth, as your body attempts to move back into its pre-pregnancy state, chiropractic care can prevent muscle tension, headaches, rib discomfort, and shoulder problems. This means that your body can continue to benefit from adjustments with a skilled provider.
Likewise, just because you didn’t get care during your pregnancy, it doesn’t mean you can’t start now! If you didn’t get care, or had a large baby, chiropractic care can help get you back on the road to healthier living. Oftentimes, pregnancy and birth can cause long-term neuromusculoskeletal problems if not corrected.
Pregnancy, labor, and birth are wonderful and beautiful times in a woman’s life. Natural, physiological pregnancy, labor, and birth should be relatively free of aches, pains, detours, and disruptions. Our lifestyles, the way that we were born, and our daily habits influence how far we have deviated from natural and normal. Chiropractic care can help set right that which is wrong, set straight that which is crooked, and make normal that which has gone awry.