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Healthy Habits: Prenatal Health

A lot of people ask me what makes my practice stand out. One of the biggest unique differences is the fact that we specialize in children, specifically babies, and the Mother’s chiropractic journey of her ever-changing body. Prenatal health and children/infant chiropractic care remains one of my top priorities, and being a Father myself, I’ve seen first hand the benefits to positive prenatal health!

Pregnancy is a miracle and a gift. During the process of pregnancy, expecting mothers are faced with numerous decisions, challenges, and opinions in regards to caring for themselves during pregnancy. Here are some strategies I like to share with my expecting patients for optimal prenatal health and wellness:

Core Chiro Care

Start with the basics and get a chiropractic exam: During pregnancy, when that curve of your lower back is strained and causing pain, chiropractic provides a safe source of relief of that nagging, sometimes debilitating, lumbar-region pain, even in pregnancy.

Maintain care: Chiropractors can also help to ensure proper pelvic alignment for optimal positioning of the baby throughout your pregnancy.

Nutrition is Key

Consume folate-rich foods: Folate is essential for the baby’s brain and spinal development. Strive to get at least 400 mcg of folate daily! Foods such as beans, asparagus and beets are great options.

Incorporate Omega-3 fatty acids: These fatty acids play a large role in healthy eye and brain development. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in things such as cold water and wild caught fish.

Eat Berries: Berries such as strawberries, blueberries and raspberries, are rich in Vitamin C and antioxidants which help boost immune function during pregnancy.

Choose organic, grass-fed meats: Iron is an essential nutrient, especially while pregnant. Grass-fed organic beef is an optimal source of iron.

Add raw ginger to your water: It’s recommended to drink at least 812 glasses of water per day, and the addition of ginger helps to reduce and combat symptoms of morning sickness!

In later trimesters, eat extra healthy calories: In the second and third trimesters, eat about 300-500 extra calories per day. Consuming adequate amounts of food ensures the baby is getting adequate nutrients.

Mindset & Exercise

Utilize a healthy support network: Utilizing close friends and family during pregnancy can help ease stress and provide encouragement needed throughout your pregnancy.

Prioritize 7-9 hours of sleep per night: Although sleep may be more disrupted and challenging during pregnancy, it is essential, as it is your body’s natural restorative process.

Exercise regularly: But listen to what your body needs. Exercise during pregnancy has been shown to help improve sleep, energy, and posture. However, be sure to follow guidelines regarding what exercise routine is right for you. Even light exercises such as walking for 30 minutes 3-4 times per week have powerful benefits.

If you, or a friend, or family member is pregnant, don’t hesitate to reach out to your healthcare network for additional resources on best healthy practices. And next time you are in for a chiro visit, ask about our prenatal care, and how we help mothers who are both expecting, who have recently given birth, or want their children to receive chiropractic care!

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