The health of your infant is greatly dependent upon the position of your baby in-utero. Normal positioning for delivery is head down with the left side of head facing outward (towards belly button). This positioning greatly increases the chances for a safe vaginal birth for the mother and infant.
Baby Positions and Your Pelvis
Let me preface that labor complications do happen. There is no 100% perfect labor or delivery. Also, there are times when surgery is necessary for the safety of the baby and mother. With that said, what does in-utero positioning have to do with the baby’s health?
Breech positioning of the baby is often due to abnormal shifts of the mother’s pelvic structures. Similar to normal blood pressure and eyesight, there is a normal spinal structure and alignment. The pelvic bones have rope like attachments (ligaments) to the uterus and cervix. If ligaments are abnormally pulled by pelvic bone shifts, the result is decreased room for the baby. Also, the uterus and cervix function less than optimally. As a result, these complications can increase the chances of c-section.
Normalizing Pelvic Structure
If spinal structures are corrected, or directed, to a more normal position, the baby can move freely, and the uterus and cervix function will optimize. A normal functioning uterus is essential for normal contractions and thinning of the cervix, for the baby’s passage through the vagina. Consequently, vaginal exposure increases beneficial bacteria for a healthy immune system.
Beneficial Bacteria Exposure
C-section babies miss out on the beneficial bacterial exposure through the vagina. Studies show that babies delivered by c-section show an abnormal level, or imbalance, of stomach bacteria. Furthermore, a bacterial imbalance can increase the chances for allergies and asthma. Also, an imbalanced stomach bacteria slows the development of a strong immune system. Stomach bacteria and the immune system share a close relationship.
Structural Analysis of Spine and Pelvis
In conclusion, expecting mothers should find a structural chiropractor to analyze your spine and pelvis for abnormal shifts of spinal structure. Due to the dynamic changes of the spine and pelvis, structural analysis needs to be done by the start of the third trimester.