Reducing Pain and Complications of Labor and Delivery- Natural Childbirth Twin Cities -Part 2 of 2
In part 1 of our discussion on reducing pain and complications of labor and delivery, we focused on the intricate hormone balance in the mother’s body and how upper neck misalignments produce delays in the process. In this segment we will explore how the same misalignments produce a structural challenge in the mother’s pelvis.
PREPARING The PELVIS FOR LABOR
Typically around 34 weeks of pregnancy, your care provider may give you the news that your baby’s head is down and that all is good to go. However, there is still more to consider in terms of the baby being in an optimal fetal position. Preparing your pelvis for labor will help get your baby in a good birthing position as well as alleviate pelvic pain.
Let’s talk about the anatomy of the pelvis:
The pelvis is made up of three bones: the two large ilium and ischium bones (together known as the innominate) and the sacrum. The innominate bones are the two sides of the pelvis and the sacrum is a wedge-like, triangular bone that sits between the two innominate bones. The sacrum is considered both, part of the pelvis as well as part of the spine. The upper portion of the innominate bones is the ilium and at the front of the pelvis where the two halves meet is called the pubis symphysis. The pelvis is also comprised of three joints: the two sacroiliac joints and the pubis symphysis.
There are also many pelvic ligaments to consider. Specifically for pregnancy and birth the most significant are the broad ligament and round ligaments. The broad ligament is a broad fold of peritoneum supporting the uterus, extending from the uterus to the wall of the pelvis on either side. The round ligaments are two cord like ligaments that attach from the left and right side of the pubic bone, and to the top of the uterus. They are responsible for stabilizing the uterus in a slight forward tipping position. Most women at some point experience a sharp pain caused by the round ligament as it works to stabilize the uterus when transitioning from sitting to standing or rolling over in bed.
The broad ligament holds the uterus in alignment from the back, since it attaches to the sacrum, and the round ligaments stabilize the front of the uterus.
Pelvic Constraints- Complicates the Babies Ability to Move
The first vertebrae of the spine (atlas bone) is the most movable bone of the spine. It attaches to the skull. Traumas in the mother’s life will misalign the atlas and cause the head to tilt. Your brain will always try and keep your eyes level with the horizon. This process will force one of the shoulders down and pull one hip up. This leads to constraint in the pelvis. The pelvic bones misalign and pull on the broad and round ligaments that attach to the uterus. The baby has trouble moving freely and this is one of the major reasons for long labors and difficult deliveries. In addition many mothers experience round ligament pain for this same reason.
It is really important to have the pelvic bones, joints and ligaments aligned since it brings balance to the uterus. This helps the baby adjust itself into an optimal birthing position with the chin tucked in the chest, leaving the smallest part of the head descending first into the pelvis. This balance can be off if there is intrauterine constraint: meaning the ligaments that are holding the uterus in place in the pelvis are asymmetric or the pelvic bones are misaligned, leaving the uterus unbalanced. This imbalance could affect the baby’s ability to move into an optimal fetal position and can narrow the birth canal. The three joints of the mother’s pelvis must be aligned and mobile.
Blair Upper Cervical Care Corrects Pelvic Imbalances
The top bone of the spine is shaped and formed completely different than any of the other spinal bones. The joints at the top of the spine are much flatter and this allows for the extensive amount of movement of the head. These joints unfortunately do not have the same boney locking mechanism that the other segments of the spine, leaving them vulnerable to misalignment. These joints are formed at different angles in all individuals, making it a very complicated area to treat.
While almost all chiropractors adjust the upper neck, there are a group of chiropractors who specialize in adjusting the atlas and are commonly known as “Upper Cervical Chiropractors.” When an upper cervical chiropractor adjusts your neck, there is no twisting, popping, or turning of the neck. They use advanced imaging to assure a specific adjustment that will hold in place. It is a very gentle and safe procedure. Our doctors are trained in the Blair Upper Cervical Technique. With over 30 years of clinical experience dealing with our pregnant mothers, proper upper cervical alignment during labor and delivery will give you and your baby the greatest chance at a quick and uncomplicated delivery.
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