Did you know that what you do prenatally can largely influence how your labor and birth plays out. In this first part of comfort measures for labor, we're going to talk about prenatal comfort and having a healthy pregnancy.
Chiropractic Care and Pregnancy
In Birth Boot Camp childbirth classes we host a discussion with Dr. Kristin Hosaka on the affects of chiropractic care on pregnancy and birth. Dr. Kristen explains how chiropractic care restores the integrity of our nervous system and the lines of communication in the body. Furthermore, proper alignment allows joints to work smoothly together to create health and wellness. During pregnancy, this becomes even more profound. When the pelvis is properly balanced, women tend to have shorter, easier labors. Releasing the round ligaments can decrease discomfort in pregnancy and can allow baby to have room to be in the best position for birth.
Coming soon to the Metro Birth Blog, Provider Spotlights, featuring two amazing local chiropractors specializing in pregnancy and pediatrics.
Provider Spotlight: Dr. Micaela O'Connor of Pearl Street Chiropractic, Denver, Colorado.
Provider Spotlight: Dr. Tiffany Wall of New Beginnings Chiropractic, Windsor, Colorado
Prenatal yoga gently incorporates flexibility, relaxation, strength, and breathing techniques, keeping pregnant women limber and toned, while improving balance and circulation.
Tailor sitting, pictured below, is beneficial to pelvic floor health, by stretching the muscles in your thighs and pelvis and promotes good posture while stretching the back muscles.
Other exercises good throughout pregnancy include swimming, walking, and low-impact aerobics. Generally speaking, you can feel safe to continue your usual fitness routines, but be sure to consult with your healthcare provider when introducing a new regimen.
Nutrition for Pregnancy | Eating for two?
So often I hear women given numbers for a specific increase in calories, or an appropriate amount of weight gain. The problem here, is each woman and pregnancy is unique. Consider focusing more on the quality of your nutrition, rather than the related numbers. Consider tracking your daily intake of food and beverage, noting how much protein you're consuming (I recommend 80g of protein daily), and being sure to include a variety of colors, healthy fats and carbohydrates in your diet.