Many women are under the false assumption that pregnancy has to be uncomfortable and there is nothing you can do about it.

Most of the difficulties of pregnancy begin before conception.

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When a couple is struggling to conceive there are many factors that can be affecting conception. What we have to remember is that there are 2 sets of DNA coming together and both parties have to be in an optimal state of health so that they are genetically passing on the best to their offspring. Thyroid, cholesterol, blood sugar, stress, and inflammation all influence hormone balance thus affecting conception. Dr. Sonda Powell has worked with many couples to help them conceive and usually suggests having a basic health evaluation before trying to conceive. Dr. Sonda always says you have to prep the soil before planting the seed.


Before becoming pregnant it is always good to address any issues that may have presented in prior pregnancies. Many women who had difficult or hard labors in the past reported that specific chiropractic adjustments from a chiropractor who specializes in pregnancy care helped ease discomfort during pregnancy and also in labor. Many times the mother has pelvic misalignments prior to becoming pregnant. The body begins to release hormones causing ligament laxity at the moment of conception. What was “normal” positioning for the mother’s pelvis is now being affected by the growing baby putting abnormal strain on the muscles, ligaments, and joints surrounding the pelvis. If proper alignment is not restored after delivery or if a c-section was performed then this could possibly effect other pregnancy outcomes.

Fetal Malposition:

In many social media mom’s groups, it is always suggested to see a chiropractor if a mother reports her baby is not in a good position at the end of her pregnancy. Let’s discuss what could be causing the malposistion and why many mothers have found chiropractic care to help get their babies into a better birthing position. Malposition after the seventh month can affect biomechanical development of the child’s spine as well as offset cranial shape.

Webster Technique:

The Webster Technique is a specific analysis of the mothers pelvis, specifically the sacrum, to determine if pelvic misalignment could be preventing the baby from getting into a proper vertex head down position. Drs. Riley & Sonda are both certified from the ICPA in knowing how to properly assess and administer the Webster Technique. The earlier in the 3rd trimester a mother can begin care for In-utero Constraint the more likely the baby is to move into an optimal position for delivery. Dr. Sonda Powell has been using the Webster Technique with patients for over 15 years.

Patients have reported the Webster Technique to also have positive effect for Pubis Symphisis Dysfunction (PSD), Sciatica, low back pain and even circulation. At the end of the day, it all comes back to restoring proper function and understanding biomechanically what is happening. Our bodies are designed for having babies and if proper nervous & biomechanical function are there, less intervention will be needed.