Click below to watch my most recent segment on the CTV news on Chiropractic and pregnancy. Although my being pregnant with twins is yes, putting a “toll on my low back” meaning that there is additional stress my body is adapting to, I am happy to report that I have no daily pain and I am feeling amazing during this part of my pregnancy. My Chiropractic checkups weekly, massage and exercise are keeping me strong and healthy to keep doing what I love. Although I am definitely needing a bit more rest than usual.
Click the below picture to watch the CTV segment.
Here are some of my additional tips I practice that help keep me healthy and more comfortable during pregnancy:
- Regular Chiropractic Check Ups: This helps to ensure that the pelvis is balanced, aligned and moving well. This can help the baby be in the best position possible, prevent back labour and allow labour to happen as naturally and efficiently as possible. It also can help mom-to-be to feel as comfortable as possible during pregnancy in dealing with back aches and other musculoskeletal and neurological concerns.
- Sleep on your side with a pillow between your knees. This helps to keep your pelvis aligned well during sleep. And sleep as often as you need. Take more rest during pregnancy so your body can repair and grow as needed.
- Exercise: The more active you can stay during pregnancy, the better your pregnancy and birth and post birth recovery can be. Continue to do your pre-pregnancy strengthening exercise routine for as long as you are comfortable, and then make modifications as you grow through your pregnancy such as decreased frequency, or intensity, depending on the style of exercise. You will also need to modify certain exercises as you move along in your pregnancy, so consult a personal trainer with experience in the pregnancy field for more information if you are unsure.
- Massage: This is a great way to relax and sooth your tired pregnancy muscles. Women gain on average 30 pounds per pregnancy, so their muscles are working overtime. Ensure you see a Registered Massage Therapist who has knowledge and is comfortable treating pregnant women.
- Vitamins: Currently, I take prenatals, fish oils, probiotics, calcium / magnesium and vitamin D during my pregnancy.
- Diet: Be sure to eat whole and natural foods. Lots of fruits and veggies, protein and complex carbohydrates are a great place to start.
- Relax: Do your best to avoid undue stress during pregnancy. Difficult to do at times, but take time to breathe and enjoy the quiet moments before the new baby (or babies in my case) arrive. I have been enjoying gentle yoga to help with this.
*** As always, the content in this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of a qualified health provider with any questions you may have.