Read on to learn about how to safely ease physical discomfort, achieve a nutrient-dense diet for two, and discover the benefits of prenatal massage.
Written by: Emma White Montalvo, freelance writer and friend of McCann Family Chiropractic
The process of pregnancy is exciting and a beautiful process to go through! Yet it can sometimes also be a pain in the back- literally.
Physical Wellness during Pregnancy
Chiropractic care specifically maintains and improves the structural integrity of your spine as well as your central nervous system.
For women experiencing pregnancy, the chiropractic Webster Technique is a safe and gentle way to relieve nerve and muscle pressure caused by a change in center of balance, space limitations with a growing baby, and (normal/expected) weight gain. Special pregnancy pillows and tables with drop away ability are first provided to accommodate your growing belly. Dr. Matt will then gently address any misalignment of the pelvic bones, misalignment of the sacrum and vertebrae, and any round ligament pains that interfere with uterine support and pelvic balance.
A well-known benefit to the Webster Technique is that the loosening of tight muscles and ligaments in the mom's pelvic area can make the baby's ability to settle into proper birth position easier. Webster adjustments also can decrease the mother's need for high levels of pain medication and intervention during labor.
Dr. Matt is proud to be certified in the Webster Technique and offers this form of chiropractic care to all expectant mothers!
You can call the office at 360-657-7183 to learn more information or to schedule an appointment today!
Products to Increase Physical Comfort
Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols RDN, CDE is a favorite McCann go-to resource for mama's at all stages of pregnancy.
Real Food is a wealth of essential knowledge about the realities of eating for two while pregnant, what healthy natural foods are best for both mom and baby, and busting outdated thinking about pregnancy diet fads.
This book is the most comprehensive prenatal diet source out on the market today, utilizing over 930 unique research citations to back up the information within!
Current circulated pregnancy diet guidelines are designed using outdated beliefs. The continued societal pressure of eating a high carb/low fat diet leads moms in the wrong direction towards a nutrient-deficient diet! Such a backwards diet puts women at risk for gaining too much weight, developing high blood sugar, and having other complications with pregnancy.
Lily Nichols also has written a book called Real Food for Gestational Diabetes which was an absolute life saver for Monica McCann when she developed difficult-to-control gestational diabetes with her fourth pregnancy. Monica took Lily Nichols’ online training program and joined her Facebook support group and received personalized advice from the author. With a healthy dose of dedication, hard work, and creativity, she was able to stay diet and exercise controlled!
Monica loves talking about her pregnancies, births, and the joy of being a new mom. With regular chiropractic, massage, healthy diet, and exercise she ended up experiencing four relatively easy pregnancies filled with joy and activity! All four boys were born quickly and “easily” (Monica laughs at this term because NO birth is “easy”… but… yet they were quick and without complication!) at Cascade Midwives and Birth Center in Everett. The births of her four boys are the most empowering experiences of her life!
Pregnancy guidelines suggest doing light exercise for about 30 minutes a day throughout the duration of pregnancy. Monica loved taking brisk walks, especially in her last pregnancy. She often walked twice a day which was a wonderful way to get exercise and refresh her mind and body in the beautiful outdoors.
According to Healthline, pursuing **professional support and healing has a success rate of 80-90% for mothers regaining their sense of self! Physical aid such as soft tissue massages also are reported to help reduce mental and emotional stress.
Prenatal massage reduces soreness, tightness, muscle stiffness or spasms, helps control headaches, and aids in injury recovery and rehabilitation. Helping your body physically release tension contributes to stress relief and relaxation in a non-stressful environment.
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