Whether this is your first or your fourth pregnancy, it is important that you take time to appreciate and take care of the changes your body is going through while it prepares for the baby. The chiropractors at Yoga Mamas are specially trained in women's health and in particular, prenatal and postnatal care. There are many benefits to seeking chiropractic care during pregnancy from pain relief to preparing for labour. Read on to learn more.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy:
1. Aligning the pelvis and lumbar spine allows for optimal baby positioning and growth.
Chiropractic care during pregnancy is not only beneficial to mamas, but also helps with the positioning and growth of the baby.
2. Shorter labour and delivery times after pelvis and spine are in correct alignment.
By making the proper adjustments, those who have undergone Chiropractic care during their pregnancy have experienced shorter labour and delivery times.
3. Increases the ease in which the body adapts to the natural changes related to pregnancy.
Beyond back and pelvic pain, Chiropractic care assesses the entire body as a whole and creates alignment throughout the body to help ease the transition to pregnancy.
4. Reported greater ease and comfort during birthing, reduced need for pain relief medication and medical intervention (forceps, vacuum) during childbirth.
Chiropractic care helps to maintain spinal and pelvic alignment which may help to reduce labour and delivery times as well as decrease the need for medical interventions.
5. It helps to alleviate back and pelvic discomfort and pain.
These spots can become particularly tender during pregnancy. Chiropractic treatment can help relieve areas of discomfort.
Working with a Naturopathic Doctor during your pregnancy can give you all the research-backed information you need to have as natural and healthy of a pregnancy as possible. Our Naturopathic Doctors are medically trained and focus on pregnancy care. They will create individualized health plans to help mamas feel their best through each trimester.
Here are 5 reasons to see a Naturopathic Doctor at Yoga Mamas
1. To assess your current health status
Naturopathic Doctors can order the same tests that your midwife or OB/GYN can - but sometimes they interpret them differently. They will make sure that your levels aren’t just sufficient, but that they are optimal. Pregnancy can be taxing on the body and if you don’t have enough of some particular vitamins and minerals, it can leave you quite deficient (and that comes with it’s own set of issues).
2. To manage more serious pregnancy complications if they come up
Some serious conditions during pregnancy might leave you with special requirements, or in a situation that may change your birth plan. Conditions such as pre-eclampsia and gestational diabetes may require conventional medical management, but your Naturopathic Doctor can also support you by making appropriate recommendations that are safe to combine with your other treatments, and to improve birth outcomes.
3. To deal with early pregnancy symptoms naturally
Though the first trimester is exciting, it can also be pretty rough for some pregnant mamas - nausea, exhaustion and aches - there is a lot to battle through. If you’re feeling like these symptoms are negatively impacting your quality of life, your Naturopathic Doctor can use strategic supplementation of nutrients, and tools like acupuncture and lifestyle medicine to improve how you feel. Stay the course, mama - the second trimester is usually a huge relief.
4. To know with certainty what natural health products are safe to take while you’re pregnant
Just because something is natural, doesn’t mean it’s safe, and this couldn’t be more true when you are pregnant. Many natural health products have not been tested for safety in pregnancy, and as a result many healthcare practitioners give a blanket statement to not take any herbs or supplements other than a prenatal vitamin. This is taking it from one extreme to another. There are many herbs, vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are not just safe in pregnancy, but can be very helpful to manage symptoms, support mama’s health, and even support baby’s health. However, you should be getting your recommendations from a practitioner who is well trained in pregnancy to make sure the product, the brand, and the dose are safe for you and your babe.
5. To get answers to all your questions
It’s incredibly important that you are informed and feel empowered in the choices you make. While your Naturopathic Doctor will not deliver your baby, they are trained and will do their research to help you understand your health and your body during this time, and to help guide you to resources that will help you make the best decisions about your pregnancy and birth.
Holistic nutritionists help you optimize your well-being both physically and mentally. They use their knowledge of food and health to help you make the dietary and lifestyle changes you need so you can live as a happier, healthier you.
Working with a Holistic Nutritionist will help you:
1. Feel Great
It's never easy to make changes to our eating habits, or to stick to them. A Holistic Nutritionist is there to support you and empower you to make your own decisions so that you feel emotionally connected to and fully accountable to the changes you're working towards. They want you to feel your best in every possible way.
2. Support Your Journey From Fertility To Delivery
A Holistic Nutritionist will assess your needs at every step of your journey and help you adjust to your body's demands. They will advise on diets that would support your fertility, ease your pregnancy symptoms (such as cravings, morning sickness, leg cramps, heartburn, constipation, swelling etc.), and promote a healthy labour and delivery process.
3. Adjust to Life Postpartum
A Holistic Nutritionist will be there for you postpartum to encourage healing, recovery and lactation. Together you'll establish wholesome eating habits that will help you with creating balance, adjusting your energy levels and healthy weight loss.
4. Understand What To Feed Your Babe
Trying to figure out what and when to feed your babe solids can be a confusing process. Your Holistic Nutritionist can help! They will educate you on all the essential nutrients to include in their diets and help you make the best decisions for your little one.
5. Eat For Specific Ailments/Chronic Illnesses
A Holistic Nutritionist will help you manage and answer questions about what to eat for specific health concerns. These can be things like PCOS, Endometriosis, Ovulation, Egg Quality, Thyroid Function, Gestational Diabetes, Preeclampsia and more.
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