Pregnancy (Part 2)
One common nuisance of pregnancy is the “morning sickness” thing. Most of this is caused by a lack of blood sugar - hypoglycemia. After all, you have not eaten since 7-8:00pm the night before and your developing baby is literally feeding all night while you are asleep. Your blood sugar level is low and you feel sick. We recommend our pregnant patients to have a snack high in protein late in the evening, which will level out their blood sugar until breakfast. Trail mix with nuts is a good choice. Eating a little bit all day long to stabilize blood sugar levels helps too. Ginger also soothes the stomach and helps with the nausea. Cook with it or have it as a tea.
There are a number of other things you can do to make your pregnancy the enjoyable experience it was meant to be. The first is having a chiropractic check-up to make sure your nervous system is functioning normally. This has little to do with back pain but is crucial for optimal health, both for mom and baby. We feel this is a must to having a healthy pregnancy. Furthermore, research has shown that chiropractic care during pregnancy decreases labour time and pain by up to 40%! Very significant! (For more info, check www.icpa4kids.org/research/chiropractic/pregnancy.htm)
You may be surprised to learn that chiropractic care is essential for pregnant moms. Aside from the relief it can offer from the discomforts sometimes associated with pregnancy, such as constipation, leg cramps, nausea, back and neck pain, labour pain and duration, its main focus, however, is not pain.
Chiropractic is based on four very profound principles:
1) The body is a self-healing and self-regulating mechanism; in other words it is designed to heal itself.
2) The nervous system is the master control system of the body.
3) Any interference in the function of the nervous system must then result in a malfunction in the body.
4) Our task as chiropractors is to eliminate that interference so that the body can normally function.
Applied to pregnancy, this is of utmost importance to the developing fetus. We feel that in order to have a normal pregnancy, mom’s nervous system must function with no interference, especially where it controls the uterus and placenta. This will reduce the risk of problems associated with pregnancy - miscarriage, placenta previa, in-utero constraint, etc. The biggest benefit of course, is having a healthy baby.
We invite you to have yourself checked. Please call our office today.