Chiropractic Care for Expecting Mothers

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy – What to Expect

Chiropractic treatments during pregnancy, along with other natural remedies, make up a large portion of important prenatal care. It is a safe, effective, and widely acclaimed form of natural healthcare that can not only lessen the common aches and pains associated with pregnancy, but aide with a safe and easy birth process.

Why Pregnancy Hurts

To fully understand how chiropractic helps pregnant women, it is critical to understand what makes up the anatomy of the uterus, and what goes into actually giving birth.

The pubic symphysis is a juncture where the bones of the pubic area are connected, and houses the uterus. The Broad Ligament and The Round Ligaments attach the uterus to the pubic symphysis, and help to hold everything in place.

During pregnancy, the Broad Ligament and the Round Ligaments can often produce sharp pains, which is usually caused by sudden movements (like turning over quickly or even sneezing). While the baby (and uterus) grow, stress is placed on these ligaments, which can impact the back and pelvis, causing discomfort and pain. Simultaneously, weight gain and an offset of your center of gravity will further stress the area, and add to discomfort.

While the body naturally produces a hormone called Relaxin (which allows ligaments and pubic bones to relax and expand in preparation for childbirth), it does not ease the pain and discomfort during pregnancy or birth. This is where chiropractic treatments come in.

What Do Chiropractic Adjustments Do For Pregnant Women?

As mentioned above, changes in anatomy during pregnancy can impact the alignment of ligaments and bones, causing significant discomfort. The purpose of chiropractic treatment is to ensure that the pelvis and spine of a pregnant woman remain properly aligned and in sync. This will aid in decreasing discomfort throughout the pregnancy, and can help the nerves in the spine continue to function properly.

Example of chiropractic adjustment

The benefits chiropractic adjustments bring to the table are crucial, as they allow for natural healthy growth of the baby. By using specific and targeted adjustments a chiropractor can help reduce pain, and make your time throughout pregnancy be much more manageable. This is something I have personally experienced and, if any of you are interested, a chiropractor I highly recommend is Reaves Chiro, which can be found here: http://www.reaveschiro.com/.

While treatments differ depending on the chiropractor you go to see, some will work with the ligaments in the uterus specifically, which helps maintain the pelvic/uterus balance. They can also recommend exercises or lifestyle changes for you to do on your own, including pillow positioning to ensure you are comfortable while laying down.

Chiropractic can lessen discomfort and make pregnancy much more manageable. It is also an advised health benefit, as adjustments can help your baby maintain a proper head-down position and ease the birthing process.

What is the Best Breast Pump to Bring on Vacation?

What is the Best Pump for Vacation and Travel?

Traveling moms still have a responsibility to their children to provide sustenance and nourishment, which means they will have to find a way to either breastfeed or breast pump on the go. If you use a breast pump already, you will know that they can be extremely clunky, loud, and an overall inconvenience to bring on a trip with you if you do not own the right one. Furthermore, immense preparation is important to ensure that you have everything your pump needs to function, which makes complicated pumps hardly worth the trouble. In this post we will discuss the best breast pumps to bring with you whilst traveling and the best tips for pumping on the go.

Best Travel Pump

When you travel, you need a breast pump that is lightweight, quiet and effective. Our recommendation in the Spectra S1, which is not only cost effective to purchase, but is also comfortable, lightweight, and has a low noise output. The Spectra also has few moving parts and detachable components, meaning things are less likely to break or get lost while you are in transit. You can pick it up for around $200 at most retailers or online, and can check out a 2017 review of the S1 here if you want to learn more information about it.

Another great pump for traveling is the Medela Pump in Style, which comes with a convenient travel bag and (like the S1) is incredibly functional and has a low noise output. While the Medela is slightly larger, it does come with the bag of easy transport, so you will need to weight the pros and cons of each when deciding between the two.

Pack Smart – Don’t Check the Pump!

Packing smart simply means ensuring you bring everything with you that you will need to pump. Be sure to remember extra batteries, bottles, an electrical outlet converter if you are going out of the country, cleaning supplies, ice to keep the milk cold and so forth. When you are packing the pump itself, make sure that you bring it with you as a carry on, and do not check it with your bags. The reasoning behind this is that it will be less prone to damage or breaking if it comes with you on the plane, and if baggage gets rerouted (which can often happen), you will have it with you so you don’t have to wait to pump. For more tips on traveling while breast pumping, check out this blog!

Get more tips on what to pack when you plan on pumping on the go below!

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