When you are pregnant you will do almost anything to prepare for the birth of your baby. This includes working on your health, exercising, talking to friends and doctors about what to expect and more. You do all of this because labor and giving birth are some of the most physically demanding things a woman can experience. One item that needs to be on your list is back labor and how to prevent it.
Back labor refers to the pain and discomfort that pregnant women experience in their lower back. While back pain is common with pregnancy, a quarter of all women report experiencing severe discomfort that is most intense during contractions and can be painful between contractions. In addition, back labor can often be accompanied by an irregular contraction pattern, a labor that is slow to progress, and a prolonged pushing stage.
A frequent cause of back labor is the position of the baby. A position such as occiput posterior (when baby is facing the mother’s abdomen) can cause pressure from the baby’s head to be applied to the mother’s sacrum (the tailbone). The result can be an intense discomfort during labor. One way to relieve back labor, when it is cause by fetal position, is to have regular pregnancy chiropractic adjustments.
These adjustments can not only decrease or eliminate back labor but they can help ease discomforts during pregnancy and help prepare your body for an optimal birth process. Published studies have indicated that chiropractic care does in fact reduce labor time and also alleviate many common discomforts of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, acid reflux, as well as sciatica, carpal tunnel syndrome, and difficulty sleeping.