With every problem you experience during labor, there is an unfortunate opportunity for a medical professional to make a poor decision that has devastating results. 

After consulting your primary obstetrician or healthcare provider, you may find that prenatal chiropractic treatments could address issues that help reduce the risk of complications during your delivery. 

What can cause a birth injury? 

According to Stanford Children’s Health, several conditions may increase the chance of birth trauma to your baby during labor: 

  • Cesarean deliveries 
  • Use of delivery instruments like forceps 
  • Imbalanced pelvis that restricts the baby’s movement 
  • Non-optimal fetal positioning just prior to delivery 

Mishandling these situations could cause unnecessary injuries to your baby, such as bruising, nerve damage or fractures. In extreme cases, the National Center for Biotechnology Information reports that these could be as severe as spinal cord injury, neurological damage and life-threatening hemorrhaging. 

How can chiropractic care reduce my risk of complications? 

Healthline.com states that chiropractic care is safe for most pregnant women. Chiropractors that specialize in prenatal treatments could help your body handle the pregnancy with less pain, and get you ready for labor. 

Prenatal care often addresses pelvic alignment, which can make it easier for your baby to move into an optimal birthing position. This factor alone may reduce the time you are in labor and make the delivery go more smoothly. 

When the baby is in a breech or other problematic position, the delivery could be much more difficult and take considerably longer. Furthermore, your healthcare professional may have to employ procedures such as a C-section or the use of delivery devices, both of which could contribute to a birth injury.