Chiropractic care is important to help maintain a healthy skeletal structure and nervous system function throughout a pregnancy and childbirth. Be sure to get adjusted regularly.
Do some gentle exercise each day, such as walking, swimming, or stationary cycling are relatively safe cardiovascular exercises for pregnant women. Avoid any activities that involve jerking or bouncing movements. Stop exercise immediately if you notice any unusual symptom, such as nausea, dizziness or weakness.
Wear flat shoes with arch supports. Your feet become more susceptible to injury during pregnancy, partially due to a rapidly increasing body weight, but also because the ligaments the support the feet become more lax.
When picking up children, bend from the knees, not the waist. Your low back is much more prone to injury during preganancy.
When sleeping, lay on your side with a pillow between your knees to take pressure off your lower back. Full-length “body pillows” or “pregnancy wedges” are very popular and can be helpful.
Contact your chiropractor if you are having back or neck pain. Remember, chiropractic care during pregnancy is safe and effective!