Your Pregnant Pelvis - Mobility and Stability

To have a comfortable pregnancy, and most importantly, a safe and comfortable birth, your hips and sacrum must find the balance between mobility and stability.  The foundation of good alignment will allow for your hips to feel and function at their best during this crucial time.

As we've discussed in our previous blogs, there's never such a difficult time for your pelvis, sacrum, and low back as during pregnancy. Extra weight, a changing center of gravity, and the hormone relaxin has been a hard combination for many expecting mamas.  Sometimes the sacrum can get stuck in the wrong position.  Other times, it feels like it's popping and moving way too much! However, this doesn't mean that you are predestined to pain, sleeplessness, and a difficult birth.

The Webster Technique was designed to first analyze to find then remove nerve interference from the sacrum/sacroiliac joints The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In doing so, neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated. Sacral subluxation may contribute to difficult labor for the mother (i.e., dystocia), caused by inadequate uterine function, pelvic contraction, and baby mal-presentation. Correction of sacral subluxation may have a positive effect on all of these causes of dystocia.

Outside of your pelvis balancing adjustments and round ligament work, we recommend many other things to promote both mobility and stability: Craniosacral therapy, which helps both with fascia and joint movement, doing regular squats (the goal is to work up to 200/day!) to keep the sacrum moving and strengthen your legs and glutes, spending lots of time on your hands and knees.  To learn more about other soft tissue techniques that you can use at home with your spouse or partner, email us to sign up for our next Bellies and Babies class!

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    Dr. Sheena grew up in the western suburbs of Minneapolis, Minnesota and completed her undergraduate studies in Architecture, Chemistry, and Sustainability at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.