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Self-Care and Healthy Habits for Pregnant Mamas – Part 2

Hey hi hello! Thank you for tuning into part 2 of this series of self-care for pregnant mamas.

I fully intended to have this out sooner, but as I’m sure we’ve all been experiencing, summer 2021 has been crazy! So many good things though. I’m in 3 weddings this year believe it or not. So that’s weekends for bridal showers, bachelorettes, and the actual big day, all times three. I’m so so so honored though to be a part of all these special days though.

That’s my life update, now onto the post!

My first post in this series talked about asking yourself how your life needs to change to prioritize your coming baby. It was very focused on activities to add, and activities to remove. If you haven’t read that, go check it out as well!

This part is all about, you guessed it, chiropractic! Part 3 I’ve already decided is going to be more tips on lifestyle, but I can’t not talk about my favorite population to adjust, and all of the benefits that come from getting adjusted throughout your pregnancy.

The main claim to fame of getting adjusted while pregnant is to keep mom comfortable. I’m certified in the Webster technique, which is a specific technique to balance all of the bones, muscles, and ligaments in moms pelvis. This allows for optimal room for baby to move around as they please, and allow mom to be in the best position as she continues to adapt to her growing body.

Besides just adjusting the pelvis though, adjusting mom’s whole body allows me to make sure she has a well functioning nervous system. Before I go any further, you’ll hear me talk a lot about the nervous system. A big myth is that chiropractors are bone doctors, when really, we are nervous system doctors. Your brain, spinal cord, and nerves (all 3 of which make up the nervous system) are all housed by your bony spinal column, so we use that as a conduit to affect your nervous system. Your brain communicates with your ENTIRE body via nerves, and your body sends messages back up to the brain via those same nerves. We’re talking every organ, gland, tissue, muscle, etc. With how stressful life is though – physically, chemically, and emotionally – that causes a change in these communication pathways. Us as chiropractors restore this communication to make sure that your body is FUNCTIONING at it’s best. And pain relief just also happens to be a positive side effect of what we do.

That was a lot, so take a breath with me…. Inhale…… Exhale…..

Back to our pregnant mamas. A lot of times moms think they have to just deal with all of the discomforts that come with pregnancy. I’m talking heartburn, constipation, nausea, hemorrhoids, shortness of breath, frequent urination, etc, when really they don’t need to. A well functioning nervous system helps to combat a lot of these common symptoms.

Your spine is broken up into different section. You have your cervicals (neck), thoracics (mid back), lumbars (low back), and your pelvis which is composed of your sacrum, two ilium, and coccyx (aka tailbone).

Maintaining the middle of the thoracic spine with adjustments not only helps alleviate mid back pain due to growing breast size, but this area also supply nerves that if communication is interrupted, leads to shortness of breath and heartburn. Adjusting the lower thoracics all the way down to the coccyx are what help with frequent urination, low back pain, sciatica, constipation, and pubic symphysis pain.

Besides keeping mom comfortable, a huge reason to get this nervous system communicating properly is to prep her for labor. There are multiple studies out there showing that women who get adjusted while pregnant are more likely than women who don’t get adjusted to have easier labors. A hospital in Illinois did a study that showed women who were adjusted during their pregnancy, had the need for painkillers decrease by 50%! Dr. Joan Fallon also did research and a study on labor times. First time moms that were adjusted throughout pregnancy averaged a 24% shorter labor. Moms who had been pregnant before showed a reduction of 39%! Having a well aligned and properly functioning nervous system allows labor to be more straightforward. It also allows less pain and trauma for both mom and baby.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me! Also if you’re an expecting mom and you want to experience a better pregnancy and birth, let’s get you on my schedule!

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Self-Care and Healthy Habits for Pregnant Mamas – Part 1

I just posted a quote on Instagram saying “preparing for the birth of a child, is really preparing for the rest of your life as a parent”

While that is a daunting thought, self care is so important and nurturing for you and your little one. There’s SO MUCH information to cover regarding this topic, so I figured I’d do a mini series.

I want to start with asking yourself how does your life need to change to prioritize your baby? So often for a pregnant mom the thoughts that are prioritized are centered around the birth. Then when motherhood comes, it’s daunting and overwhelming. Now this post isn’t going to be what about what to do to prepare for motherhood, but rather how you can slow down, and really take the time to focus on your little one.

First, what activities can you add to your weekdays to nurture yourself? This doesn’t need to take up your whole day or evening. Just something to help you slow down, relax, and focus on connecting with your growing little one. This could be a walk after dinner, a bath with candles, or some slow prenatal yoga.

Next, think about what your typical work day looks like, and what stressful things can you remove from it. We want you to be focused on nurturing yourself and your baby, and stress is the complete opposite of that. The main thing that comes to mind for me is people’s lunch hours. So often those get filled with little tasks or errands. Take that time to eat outside, read some of your book, or even take a nap if you work from home!

Moving on from the weekdays and onto the weekends – what can you and your partner do together that nurtures your relationship, and helps you focus on your baby together? This is also a great time to sneak in more private moments while you’re still a family of 2 (or before you add another family member to the mix). Walk through a botanical garden, go to a fancy adult-only restaurant, or even relax together at a movie.

Now that we took away stress from the work week and added in nurturing stuff, and talked about how you can nurture yourself during the week, let’s take the stress away from your weekend.

As I’m writing this, it’s June 2021, and especially in the summer, it seems like everyone’s weekends are jam packed. I want you to ask what you can remove from your weekends, so that you have more time for self care. Maybe you save all your social engagements for Saturday’s, and leave Sunday’s as a time to be together. If there’s an event or activity on Sunday that brings you both joy, by all means go for it.

With how crazy prepping for parenthood can be, I hope this got you excited about slowing down and connecting with your baby. Stay tuned for more self care tips!