Babies are born with instinctive primitive reflexes to help them survive and thrive in their new world outside the womb. The sucking, rooting, grasping, Babinski’s, etc. are all primitive reflexes that are checked throughout their first year of life. But did you know that these reflexes are supposed to go away by 12 months of age? When they’re retained, it can cause other issues in your child like poor coordination and balance, clumsiness, over activity or over sensitivity, poor handwriting and reading, difficulty learning, difficulty differentiating left and right and the list continues.
Being pregnant is a physical stressor in itself and to keep exercising, or to add on exercise during pregnancy can just add to the stress. BUT this is a good and necessary stressor to have during pregnancy. Exercising in pregnancy can help with your insulin control; which is important in preventing gestational diabetes. It also helps to keep your core strong to prevent diastasis recti, back pain and improve posture. Getting your blood flowing helps to increase your energy, mood, sleep and endurance. The more active you are the better it will improve your labor and even recovery.
Let's talk food! You hear so many things about food and restrictions in pregnancy. With morning sickness or even all day sickness, sometimes we’re lucky to even just eat and hold it down. These are simple guidelines to follow to make sure you and baby are getting proper nutrition for growth and development!
Congratulations! You’re pregnant and whether it’s your first or 7th every pregnancy is new and exciting! There are so many things to consider from picking an OB-GYN or Midwife, hospital or home birth, what birth classes to take, cord clamping no cord clamping, the list goes on and on. To narrow it down, I'm going to share my top 5 tips for a happy and healthy pregnancy through a series of blogs in the next few weeks. The first one starting with water, water, water!
Have you been thinking/wanting a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) but don’t know if you’re a good candidate or what to even ask your midwife or OB? I had the most wonderful conversation with Evelyn Simmons, CNM as she gives us some insight on what she looks for in women who want to have VBAC and some invaluable advice.
Happy Women’s Day! I just wanted to take a moment to acknowledge all the women out there and say that YOU are enough and we are all superwoman. With that being said, it’s OK to take time for ourselves too. We are so busy and consumed with taking care of others and our families that we sometimes feel guilty if we do things for ourselves. But the number one thing we forget is if we don’t take care of ourselves first, we can’t efficiently take care of others. So take that yoga class and don’t care about being limber enough. Soak in a bathtub with bubbles and a glass of wine and not think about wasting water. Go get that manicure and pedicure and not worry about the extra dry time. Take care of YOU!
The most common thing I tell pregnant women when they come into the office for XYZ is “just because it’s common, doesn’t mean it’s normal”. Things like the low back pain, sciatica, round ligament pain, tailbone pain, pubic bone pain etc. Just because it's "normal" doesn't mean you have to suffer silently or not silently for 9 months with it. Chiropractors help get to the root cause of these issues and help to restore balance and motion to the pelvis. Read on to find out more!
Ever thought about writing a birth plan? Don't even know where to start? Read on find out more how you can start planning and writing your own birth plan! Sure things may not be perfect and go according to plan, but that's OK too! At least having a birth plan will let you think about your options and let your birth team know your preferences as well!
Here it is, my birth story! I feel like I tell this story with every pregnant mom I get in the office. Just thinking about that time makes it feel like it was just yesterday and I can’t believe that it’s been over 2 years now. Those 24 hours anxiously waiting for this baby bear to arrive were the most unforgettable memories....
Welcome to Part 2 of being a #ChiroMom! So the next most common question I get is “What supplements do you give Evie?” I take a handful of supplements myself and do a lot of nutrition counseling for patients so its only natural that my child gets supplements as well. No matter how perfect we eat it’s really hard to get all the nutrients we need through food alone...
Being a #ChiroMom is the most rewarding experience, thing, privilege, life skill, all of the above. I love that being a chiropractor and mom allows me to have the knowledge to take care of my family with natural alternative methods when needed! This is going to be a 4 part blog series answering the most common questions I get about being a #ChiroMom. Basically what I do for Evie's health. Read on to learn more about how I take care of my family when we are under the weather! And yes...we do get sick.