As you go through pregnancy, your body goes through many changes. Sometimes, these changers are hard to deal with, and they may lead to problems. If this sounds like you, below are some tips that should help you get through these nine months.
Pain and Imbalance
Gaining weight during pregnancy can get you off balance. A chiropractor can be very helpful in this situation. They can help improve your balance and alignment in your pelvis and spine. According to the American Pregnancy Association, changes in a pregnant woman's body that could lead to a misaligned spine include:
- Changes in the pelvic region
- Adaptions to posture
- Increased back curve
- Protruding abdomen
The chiropractor can teach you therapeutic exercises to help improve your muscular strength, especially in your core, which helps improve your balance. The chiropractor can also help you with pain, such as pain in your legs, pelvis, and back by giving you a therapeutic massage.
Find a chiropractic clinic that has trained their chiropractors through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). This shows you that they have completed training in pediatric and perinatal care.
As your baby grows, it puts pressure on your uterus, which can cause heartburn. Hormones also play a role in this. They slow down the muscles in your digestive tract, which makes food move slower than normal, which makes you feel bloated.
As your baby becomes even bigger, it puts pressure on your stomach, which makes heartburn even worse. To help with this problem, instead of eating three large meals per day, break it up into several smaller meals, and eat slowly. Instead of drinking fluid with your meal, drink it between meals. Avoid fried and greasy food, and citrus fruits and juices. Refrain from eating a few hours before you go to bed.
Hemorrhoids are something else many pregnant women have to deal with. They can cause bleeding, pain, and itching of the rectum. They become worse during pregnancy because your blood volume increases while pregnant, which causes your veins to enlarge.
Your expanding uterus puts pressure on the veins in your rectum, which causes constipation. When you are constipated and have to strain during a bowel movement, it can make your hemorrhoids much worse. Add fiber rich food to your diet, such as corn, rice bran, cooked or raw leafy green vegetables, fruit, and whole grains to make passing bowel movements easier.
Fortunately, the above problems usually disappear once a woman has her baby. You can then concentrate on taking care of your baby and yourself.