The picture above is a true Yogi, my cousin Mary, she has been practicing yoga now for a few years and has over time built up the ability to do amazing poses like the one above. Which is completely safe, she is 29 weeks here. She did state that it is getting more difficult to do as her baby is growing. ;) Visit Mary’s blog @ A Yogi with A Cause
Your core not just involves your abs, but also your back. Keeping your center balanced during pregnancy is challenging. Every month you are growing and the center of gravity changes. Which means that you may experience lower back aches, difficulty standing or walking, and not to mention trying to bend at the waist. Therefore, why not try to do all you can to prepare yourself during all trimesters to strengthen your body for carrying the baby and during labor.
Good rule of thumb for exercise is if you were doing it prior to pregnancy it is more than likely safe to do while pregnant. As always consult with your primary OB and chiropractor to insure safety to you and the baby.
Below are some pics of those who are continuing their exercise while pregnant.
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Chiropractic care benefits all aspects of your body’s ability to be healthy. This is accomplished by working with the nervous system–the communication system between your brain and body. Doctors of Chiropractic work to correct spinal, pelvic and cranial misalignments (subluxations). When misaligned, these structures create an imbalance in surrounding muscles and ligaments. Additionally, the resulting nerve system stress may affect the body’s ability to function optimally.
The Webster protocol is a specific chiropractic sacral analysis and diversified adjustment. The goal of the adjustment is to reduce the effects of sacral subluxation/ SI joint dysfunction. In so doing neuro-biomechanical function in the pelvis is facilitated.
Dr. Larry Webster, founder of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association discovered this adjustment as a safe means to restore proper pelvic balance and function. This specific sacral analysis can be used on all weight bearing individuals to determine S/I joint dysfunction/ sacral subluxation and is therefore applicable for the entire population. The assessment includes heel flexion to buttocks, with restricted flexion indicating the affected SI joint. Correction is made with a diversified, sacral adjustment. It is used on all weight bearing individuals presenting with this biomechanical restriction. Common symptoms include (but are not limited to) low back pain, sciatic neuralgia, and symptoms associated with S/I joint dysfunction.
In regards to pregnant mothers, Dr. Webster reported that when a mother sought care and her baby was in a breech position, the restoration of pelvic neuro-biomechanics with this adjustment also frequently facilitated optimal fetal positioning. There are cases published in the chiropractic literature that support his theory. More research is needed and is currently underway by the ICPA.
In this clinical and theoretical framework, it is proposed that sacral misalignment may cause the tightening and torsion of specific pelvic muscles and ligaments. It is these tense muscles and ligaments and their aberrant effect on the uterus which may prevent the baby from comfortably assuming the best possible position for birth.
The obstetric literature has determined that correct positioning of the baby in-utero affects birth outcome and decreases the potential for undue stress to the baby’s developing spine and nerve system. Obstetric literature has also determined the importance of pelvic neuro-biomechanics for the prevention of dystocia (difficult birth). Chiropractic literature has determined the significance of sacral adjusting in normalizing pelvic neuro-biomenchanics.
It is therefore considered prudent that this specific sacral analysis and adjustment be used throughout pregnancy to detect and alleviate sacral imbalance and optimize pelvic neuro-biomechanics in the mother. Because of the particular female adaptations from the increase of hormones, weight gain and postural adaptations, pregnant mothers have a greater chance of sacral subluxation and neuro-biomechanical imbalance than the general population. Additionally, because of the effect the chiropractic adjustment has on all body functions by reducing nerve system stress, pregnant mothers may have significant benefit by having their spines checked regularly throughout pregnancy, optimizing health benefits for both the mother and baby.
Testimonial from mother with Transverse baby click here
Testimonial of the benefits of Chiropractic and Webster\’s Technique
Webster Technique to Avoid C-section
please click link below for more information on research and this technique
Harmony Chiropractic Center
Dr. April Roberson
Taking A Natural Systemic Approach To Healing
Chiropractic is an overall way of looking at the human body. It’s based on the idea that the body is self-sustaining and self-healing. The body is in essence completely controlled by the brain through its connection via the spinal cord and the vast networks of nerves that make up the body. When this system is not functioning at its peak, the overall performance of the human body is lacking.
In the chiropractic world, drugs and medicine are not utilized as a form of treating a patient. While supplementation and nutrition are almost always a part of the bigger picture, drugs and prescriptions can be viewed as band-aids to treat symptoms rather than going to the source and treating the real problem.
While it’s often perceived that the chiropractor is solely here to treat back and neck pain, this is simply a small piece of what the profession really is capable of handling. Chiropractors not only treat soft and hard tissue problems such as sciatica and joint pain, but are largely called on to deal with more significant issues. Some of these issues include fibromyalgia, allergies, insomnia, headaches, pregnancy, pediatric care and many more.
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Aside from relieving the run of the mill aches and pains, chiropractic has been shown to reduce the time a woman is in labor and ease the discomfort she experiences. Many patients report a shorter delivery time and more comfort than previous deliveries where they had not received chiropractic care. The reason is because pregnancy tends to misalign the spine due to the shift in weight and center of gravity. Chiropractic treatment restores the mother to as natural of a state as possible prior to labor. This gives her an advantage before she enters the delivery room.
As the center of gravity changes, so does the stress to the spine. The shift in weight, coupled with the laxity of connective ligaments, causes low back pain. In addition to relieving the discomfort pregnant women experience, chiropractic care restores normal nervous system functionality, which is critical for health and wellness.
Is chiropractic treatment safe during pregnancy?
The answer is a resounding YES! Chiropractors make modifications to the table and adjusting techniques during each stage of pregnancy. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in locating and stabilizing the vertebral subluxation complex, which causes most of the physical symptoms pregnant women experience. Doctors of chiropractic are skilled in making the adjustments necessary to alleviate the discomfort without risk to the mother or baby.
If you are pregnant, do not overlook chiropractic treatment in your pregnancy regimen. In fact, chiropractic treatment will relax and align you, as well as enable you to have a better experience with other treatments such as massages and pedicures! Finally, chiropractic treatment creates a healthy environment for your baby. It restores normal nervous system functionality and therefore is an essential part of a healthy approach to pregnancy. It is never too late or too early in the pregnancy to seek chiropractic treatment. Chiropractic treatment offers varying benefits during each stage in the pregnancy. Give your chiropractor a call today to discuss the treatment options that are right for your stage of pregnancy and the benefits of chiropractic treatment.
Dr. April Roberson-Webster CertifiedHarmony Chiropractic Center, Sandy Springs GA
“Making love is a powerful connecting force with your partner. Pregnancy and the new life to come is an extension of that creative force. We need to respect the connection between procreation and sex, as the two forces are intertwined, yet distinct. We make love to share a deep, intimate way with someone we love. A new life – a child - can be a result of that union. During pregnancy, that baby is connected with the exchange of energy that occurs during lovemaking. Very possibly, the baby likes the loving energy and all the rocking and moving about.” (Singingtree 1999)
You will never find two pregnant women, their pregnancies, or their babies identical. With each individual person and pregnancy, there will always be some differences. One of the many concerns for many pregnant women is their sexuality during pregnancy, and often a concern for their companions as well. “How long can I have sex, can sex hurt the baby, will sex make me go into labor, is it suppose to hurt, is it normal to not feel like it, is it normal to want it all the time, why do I have contractions during or after sex?”
The answers to these questions are also going to be different for every individual, and every couple should feel confident when communicating their concerns to their health care provider. Listed below are just some of the possible changes in sexuality during pregnancy, which may help a couple better comprehend the normalities of sexuality and help prevent the frustration that often comes otherwise.
Why am I?
Clear communication is essential between couples so there are no misunderstandings or unneccessary feelings of rejection. Father’s will have a variety of different feelings throughout the pregnancy about love making which could cause problems in the relationship if not clearly communicated.
Today, unlike the past, midwives are often encouraging the parents they are working with, to make love, and lots of it! If there are no current risks, history of premature births and an intact mucous plug and membranes – not only is it safe, it may be extremely helpful. First time parents especially, love making while in the rear entry position allows for a great deal of stretching, preparing the perineum and vaginal walls for birth. This position is often more comfortable for both a mother and her baby rather than her being on her back. Continue to do your research and talk to your health care provider, because sex may not be beneficial for you depending on your personal circumstances. “My clients without sexual partners have many more vaginal lacerations than those with sexual partners.” (Singingtree 1999)
More benefits of sex during pregnancy:
Effect of Coitus at Term on Length of Gestation, Induction of Labor, and Mode of Delivery
Peng Chiong Tan, Anggeriana Andi, Noor Azmi, M. N. Noraihan
Obstet. Gynecol., Jul 2006; 108: 134 – 140
When do I avoid sex/orgasm? – Talk to your health care provider!
Below are just some of the reasons your health care provider may advise you not to have sex:
Mayo Clinic – Sex during pregnancy — If your doctor agrees, follow your sex drive where it leads.
Gentle Birth Archives
Singingtree, Daphne. Midwifery Workbook, 3rd ed. Oregon: Eagle Tree Press, 1999.
Varney, Helen. Varney’s Midwifery, 4th ed. Ontario: Jones and Bartlett, 2004.
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