Chiropractic and Breech Babies During Pregnancy

Woman and pregnancy

At some point during the course of her pregnancy, a woman may begin to experience low back pain and even sciatica, that is, radiating pain down the back of a leg. The likely explanation for most of these cases of obstetric-related low back pain is the increased mechanical load due to the weight of the developing fetus, amniotic fluid, and placenta. Many times, low back pain is transient and resolves on its own. However, pregnancy-associated low back pain may persist for more than a week and require conservative treatment to help reduce pain and achieve resolution.

Chiropractic care is the optimal conservative treatment for pregnancy-related low back pain, with or without sciatica. The musculoskeletal structures affected by the increased weight of pregnancy are the vertebral joints of the lumbar spine, the sacroiliac joints, the local ligaments, and spinal musculature. The sacroiliac joints, especially, contain numerous pain receptors and sacroiliac joint dysfunction often causes a substantial component of a pregnant woman's low back pain.

Chiropractic care identifies, analyzes, and corrects these sources of lumbar spine and sacroiliac joint dysfunction and nerve irritation. As a result, information exchange between the brain and the rest of the body is optimized. The ability of the lumbar vertebrae and the sacroiliac joints to bear weight and manage the increased mechanical stresses of pregnancy is facilitated. Stimulation to pain receptors is reduced and the supporting musculature is enabled to relax. Function improves and a sense of improving health and well-being is restored.

In the case of a breech presentation, the buttocks and/or feet of the fetus are positioned closest to the birth canal, rather than in the more typical vertex presentation, with the fetus's head being closest to the route of delivery. A breech presentation occurs during 3-4% of all full-term births. Factors that may be associated with a breech presentation include prior pregnancy, the presence of twins, and too little or too much amniotic fluid. A breech presentation may be identified by specific palpation of the abdomen and confirmed, if needed, by an ultrasound of pelvic examination.

Chiropractic care may be utilized in the overall healthcare management of a breech presentation. If the pregnant mother-to-be chooses a vaginal delivery, chiropractic care may be employed to provide integrative support. By detecting and correcting spinal misalignments and sources of nerve interference in the mother-to-be, chiropractic care helps to optimize all of her physiological processes, including supporting the health and well-being of her developing fetus. By helping to restore and maintain peak physiological function in the mother-to-be, chiropractic care helps provide an environment that supports the activities of other members of the healthcare team in attempts to turn the fetus so that the orientation is head down, and otherwise helps support an optimal outcome of a vaginal delivery.

1Berhan Y, Haileamlak A: The risks of planned vaginal breech delivery versus planned caesarean section for term breech birth: a meta-analysis including observational studies. Brit J Obstet Gynecol 123(1):49-57, 2016

2Fischbein SJ, Freeze R: Breech birth at home: outcomes of 60 breech and 109 cephalic planned home and birth center births. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth 18(1):397, 2018 doi: 10.1186/s12884-018-2033-5

3Alcantara J, et al: The use of validated outcome measures in the chiropractic care of pregnant patients: A systematic review of the literature. Complement Ther Clin Pract 21(2):131-6, 2015


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  • "I’m so glad I found Natural Life.. I just wish I would have during my pregnancy. They have been so beneficial for myself post pregnancy and for my newborn. The whole team is so passionate, thorough and caring and that’s hard to come by. It’s so good to find a place that takes such good care of children, too! I'm glad to refer my friends here so I had to share a great review, too."
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  • "I have been under Dr. Carri’s care for 10 yrs. She’s been wonderful through all 3 of my pregnancies and has adjusted and cared for all my babies and husband. (Branching out into lots of my family members and friends becoming patients of hers as well)

    Her staff is lovely and kind and the office is such a relaxing environment. It’s a family friendly place and children are ALWAYS welcomed with smiles and excitement. Dr. Carri is thorough and patient. I would recommend her care to anyone and everyone. Also, there is an amazing masseuse on staff and she is worth every penny!"
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  • "This review is long overdue. Dr. Sai is truly amazing. She was the first chiro I have ever been to and first saw her when I was about 30 weeks pregnant. She is so down to earth and cool. I was always having back aches and just the normal discomforts of pregnancy. Every time I left I felt re-energized to take on the days to come. I also truly feel all the care I received through Dr. Sai and the "webster technique" led to be being in labor for 12 hours start to finish and pushing baby out in 25 min as a first time mom. Dr. Carri and Natalie at the front desk are also so amazing and welcoming. It makes coming here a pleasure!!"
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  • "I love it here! Very friendly and welcoming to the little ones. They care about all aspects of your life to make sure they give you the best care possible. This practice truly got me through my last two pregnancies! I would not have been able to MANAGE THE PAIN from 5 months until birth and after: Baby was always in correct position thanks to Webster. All their drs are fantastic! They've always been extremely accommodating and understanding. Love them!"
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