There are plenty of opinions out there for pregnant women on what they should be eating, whether they should exercise, and what precautions they should be taking to ensure their child is born healthy. It’s important to know that there are certain measures that can help to reduce the likelihood of complications during pregnancy or during the birth itself.
Common advice for expectant mothers is to avoid certain foods, but basic food hygiene is just as necessary when trying to avoid infections. This is why it is essential to wash fruits and vegetables under cold water with antimicrobial soap to lower the chances of food poisoning that could happen as a result of bacteria, toxins, parasites, and some molds. Other sources of food poisoning can happen due to cross contamination of raw and cooked food, so it’s highly recommended to keep food separate and thoroughly clean all your utensils.
Another important factor in keeping your baby safe is personal hygiene practices. Pregnant women are advised to wash their hands often, specifically after person-to-person contact, preparing food, and following other activities that could lead to infections, like gardening or changing diapers.
One area that is often overlooked regarding a woman’s body is the health of her spine. As the fetus grows, the woman’s body must adjust and grow to accommodate the baby’s increasing size. This process requires the organs to move around (and towards the end a bloated feeling and more aches and pains).
The benefits of an upper cervical chiropractor are that they can examine the woman’s upper neck to identify whether there is a misalignment in any of the vertebrae, and their adjustments are gentle, precise and safe for mother and baby. If there is a misalignment in the uppermost bones of the spine, it could interrupt proper brain communication between the brain and the body that occurs through the brainstem, which would lead to aches and pains and other health conditions.
By adjusting the top two vertebrae (the C1 and C2 bones) into alignment, the spine is able to move back into the correct position, which also properly aligns the birthing canal, lowering the likelihood of complications during birth. If you are pregnant and would like to ensure that your spine and body are ready for your baby’s arrival, we would be glad to meet with you and tell you more about how we can help you.
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