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"Often women learn to just accept pregnancy issues and discomforts such as nausea, heartburn, constipation and pubic pain, when in fact a number of health approaches such as chiropractic, can be of help"
Chiropractic care has been shown as a way to significantly reduce labour time for women throughout their pregnancy.
Nurturing your health during pregnancy can be done in many ways, for example through nutrition, exercise and rest. Chiropractic adjustments can additionally help to prepare for labour, promoting a well functioning nervous system that helps to combat many of the hurdles of pregnancy.
A chiropractor will check your spine to assess if it is properly aligned and subluxation-free (free of joint and nerve dysfunction). Regular visits before, during and after pregnancy can help to keep you in great shape.
Tips for Caring for Your Spine During Pregnancy
Try not to sit straight up from a lying position using your abdominal muscles. Instead, bend your knees, turn onto your side and push yourself up with your arm.
Remember to unlock your knees when standing.
Refrain from wearing high-heels.
Avoid standing with your hands on your hips and pushing your tummy forward.
Avoid twisting your spine; instead try moving your whole body with your feet first. For example, when getting out of the car, turn your whole body towards the open door as you place your feet on the ground.
Sleep with a pillow between your knees and place another pillow at your breast level to snuggle, so that you do not roll your upper body forward.
If you have other young children PLEASE avoid carrying them whenever possible. Many pregnant women injure their abdominal muscles, pelvic floor or their pelvis by carrying other children.
Avoid remaining in one position for too long. If you need to stand for an extended period, place one foot on a small box or an equivalent to reduce the load on your back. Swap legs.
Perform regular moderate exercise and try to stretch your body gently.
Breathe deeply into your lower abdomen, especially when stressed.
Once a week or as often as you can, schedule a massage.
Have your spine regularly checked by a chiropractor.