When you’re pregnant, the advice can be dizzying, from what you eat to the exercises you’re supposed to do. That’s why New Jersey chiropractors keep their advice short and sweet—but no less valuable. First, it’s important to understand how pregnancy affects your body. You gain about 25 to 35 pounds and feel stress in many parts of your body, including your lower back. Your center of gravity, something you probably never thought about, suddenly manifests itself at the front of your pelvis, throwing off your balance. Here is what New Jersey chiropractors recommend you do.
Whether you’re exercising or going about everyday tasks, wear flat, functional shoes. Try not to pick up heavy objects or children, but bend from the knees, as opposed from the waist, if you do so.
Insert a pillow between your knees if you sleep on your side. This takes pressure off your lower back. Body pillows or pregnancy wedges serve a similar purpose. If you sit for long hours, move around every 30 minutes and elevate your feet on a footrest.
Exercise At Least Three Times A Week (stretching before and after)
Stationary bicycling, swimming and walking should pose no safety risks whatsoever. If you’ve been a jogger for a while, you’re fine continuing as long as your doctor is aware of it. Avoid exercises in which falling is a feasible risk, and do not exercise heavily for more than 15 minutes at a time. Keep your heart rate under 140 beats a minute. Suspend your activity if you experience vaginal bleeding, heart tremors, dizziness, nausea or vision issues.
Focus on eating small portions four to five hours apart; don’t worry about eating three regular meals a day. Eating frequently staves off cravings and nausea. Bland foods such as saltines and yogurt are stomach friendly, and taking folic acid daily has been linked to a reduced risk of birth defects. However, be sure your doctor knows about other supplements you’re taking; they may be unsafe.
Many woman have found that Chiropractic Care provides relief for low back pain, sciatica and many other musculoskeletal issues that are associated with pregnancy. Chiropractic has been proven safe for pregnant women and their babies and has become a popular choice, especially for those who don’t want to take any medication. A Doctor of Chiropractic can also help with ergonomics, exercise and nutrition to aide in a safe and healthy pregnancy.