If you’re looking for a safe and healthy way to keep your body strong during your pregnancy, there’s no better choice than chiropractic care.
Because of its natural ability to keep your body aligned without the use of drugs or surgery, chiropractic adjustments are a great choice for pregnant women who are interested in keeping their body in prime physical condition.
During pregnancy a woman’s body produces hormones that relax her ligaments. These hormones are necessary to fit the baby through the pelvis. However, these same hormones that allow your pelvis to stretch also affect the rest of your ligaments. When you combine this with your rapidly growing belly, it can lead to pain, clumsiness, and a misaligned spine.
Chiropractic care can help alleviate a lot of the pain associated with pregnancy and can help align your body to help ensure an easier birth. It can also help alleviate the lower back pain that’s so common during the last trimester of pregnancy.
Tips from the American Chiropractic Association
In addition to regular adjustments during your pregnancy, the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) suggests that pregnant women follow specific safe-pregnancy tips.
- Check with your doctor if you weren’t exercising before pregnancy. If your doctor approves exercise, be sure to stretch gently before and after.
- Try to avoid activities that can jolt you and your baby. Walking, swimming, or stationary cycling are good choices.
- Keep your exercise area clean to reduce the risk of falling.
- Your heart rate shouldn’t exceed 140 beats per minute, and strenuous exercise should not last longer than about 15 minutes at a time.
- Stop exercising immediately if you begin to experience weakness, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitations, or vaginal bleeding.
When working or sleeping:
- If you have a desk job that involves staring at a computer screen for hours, spend some time making it ergonomically correct.
- Take frequent breaks and stretch or take a quick walk around the office so you don’t stiffen up too much.
- The best sleeping position during pregnancy is on your side. You may want to use a pillow between your knees to take pressure off of your lower back.
- If you have trouble with nausea, you may benefit from eating small, frequent snacks throughout the day instead of 3 large meals.
- During the first trimester, when morning sickness is at its worst, saltine crackers are your friend. Keep some nearby at all times.
- Eat lots of green, leafy vegetables. They’re filled with folic acid, which is so important for the health of your baby.
If you already see a chiropractor there’s no reason for you to switch doctors. Let your chiropractic team know that you’re expecting and they’ll know what steps to take to keep you and your baby as healthy as possible. If you’re not seeing a chiropractor, make an appointment today so you can begin benefitting from this safe, natural health care as quickly as possible.
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