You are embarking on a wonderful and exciting adventure! Becoming a parent is one of the most important and rewarding experiences you will ever have. Keeping yourself healthy and in balance is a top priority, as chiropractic care offers the benefit of relieving many of the common complaints and discomforts you may experience during your pregnancy.
Chiropractic care is important not only before, but during and after pregnancy.
Having a healthy spine isn’t the only recipe for a successful pregnancy, also your thoughts and emotions relate to how your brain and body adapt to the stress put on your body during pregnancy. Positive affirmations guide your brain and body to a state of optimal well-being.
Proper posture is key to accomodating to the increased stress put on your spine. Normally when pregnant your stance will widen and a lumbar lordosis will increase, causing your low back to have more of a curve which puts stress on your spine. Try to avoid putting your hands on your low back while standing as this will exaggerate the lumbar curve putting more stress on your spine. To help relieve some of the stress put on your back, you should put your feet as wide apart as your shoulders, the knees should be in an unlocked position, relax your shoulders and stand tall.
When your pregnant you could have shortness of breath, heartburn, and the mid back will have some signs of pain, due to increased breast size. The low back could incur feelings of discomfort from pain, constipation, frequent urination, and possible sciatica. These are all normal signs and symptoms of your body adapting to the pregnancy.
Chiropractic helps relieve stress and tension on the body, and during pregnancy helps maintain balance, alignment, and flexibility.
Exercise is essential and valuable when pregnant, as you will have more energy, less mood swings, better management of stress, and sleep more restfully. Exercising increases the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients that are going to your baby. When choosing what exercise will be right for you, pick a workout that doesn’t affect your center of gravity. Some good exercises are walking, stationary bicycles, yoga, stretching, and water or low impact aerobics. All of these exercises will help lower your stress and create a good mind-body connection, you could experience easier and shorter labor times, and a faster recovery.
During pregnancy you are trying to stay healthy not only for you but for the child inside you. Remember to express a peace of mind during pregnancy, as your body is designed to carry life and give birth.
These are some easy steps for a healthier pregnancy.
- Appreciate and understand a developing babies needs
- Individualize your approach to pregnancy and birth
- Educate and guide yourself to health and wellness
- Visit a chiropractor to ensure your spine is healthy
- Implement a lifestyle of healthy habits and principles
- Consume a nutritious healthy diet
- Drink two liters of filtered water per day
- Diminish the toxin burden put into your system
- Uphold a positive thinking and learning outlook
- Ease your mind with meditation