8 Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

8 Choices for a Healthier Pregnancy

We are watching epidemics of chronic disease unfold all around us, and we know that these problems are environmentally driven. Some of us are certainly more sensitive than others, but our growing babes deserve some thoughtful consideration and conscious consumerism. I tell my friends and patients that it is like stepping outside into a freezing blizzard: Even if you only put on a couple layers of clothes, it’s still a whole lot better than being naked. Here are some proverbial layers to put on.

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10 THINGS ABOUT GIVING BIRTH

10 THINGS ABOUT GIVING BIRTH

“While we can’t fully control what happens in our births, and of course, sometimes interventions are necessary (though often they aren’t!), you can embrace core beliefs that will increase your chances of having the birth experience that is healthiest for you and baby.

Here are the 10 most important philosophies that helped me have my babies naturally, which I’ve used to support thousands of women in their birthing experiences.”

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Can Chiropractors Turn Breech Babies?

Can Chiropractors Turn Breech Babies?

While chiropractors can’t turn breech babies, what they can do is gently and specifically adjust a mother’s spine and pelvis back into a proper balanced state, reestablishing normal physiological function. In this balanced state, the baby can do what it’s designed to do, find the best possible position for itself for birth.

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THE USE OF CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES IN THE CARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN: A SURVEY OF MIDWIVES

THE USE OF CHIROPRACTIC SERVICES IN THE CARE OF PREGNANT WOMEN: A SURVEY OF MIDWIVES

"To change the world, we must first change the way babies are being born." - Dr. Michel Odent

With increased awareness of the safety and efficacy of chiropractic, as well as its role in perinatal wellness, more midwives are likely to recommend that pregnant mothers seek chiropractic care.

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C-SECTION and VBAC

Nearly every expectant mother envisions herself experiencing a peaceful, natural birth without complications or undue discomfort. While this is the ideal everyone strives for, it sometimes does not occur. Your health needs and those of your baby affect whether you will have a C-section or vaginal birth, but other things may also affect the decision.  

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BE PREPARED (GOOD ADVICE FOR SCOUTS AND PARENTS!)

In the 1970’s, savvy expectant moms prepared for the birth of their babies by attending “Childbirth Classes.”  These classes were usually offered by area hospitals to pregnant women in their last trimester of pregnancy and taught by experienced OB and maternity nursing staff.  Countless women waddled into community centers with their pillows and partners in tow to learn what to expect during the hospital delivery of their child.  

Today, there are many more options for a women to explore as she writes her birth plan and prepares for pregnancy, labor and delivery.  Below are brief descriptions of four popular birth preparation techniques.

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PREGNANCY AND PAINTING

While many things about pregnancy are not fun, one of the high points can be planning and decorating the nursery. Often this will require painting (or repainting) a room to achieve the perfect backdrop for baby’s retreat. But you may wonder if it's safe to paint while you're pregnant. The answer, depending on the circumstances is actually “Yes” and “No.”

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GET WITH THE PLAN, MAN (I MEAN MOM)

Once you find out you are pregnant, you are faced with SO many decisions regarding your labor and delivery options.  To avoid feeling overwhelmed, you may want to consider compiling a birth plan.  A birth plan is simply an outline or summary of your preferences for labor and delivery. 

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5 Breastfeeding Tips for Mom

5 Breastfeeding Tips for Mom

Breastfeeding is a different experience for every new mother, and every woman’s body is unique in its own beautiful way. Natural breast milk is the most nutritious option for your baby, and it ensures that your little one is getting all of the vitamins and nutrients he/she needs. Providing a constant milk supply, however, can be difficult for some moms.

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