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Healthy Fats and Pregnancy

Healthy Fats and Pregnancy

Good fats are vital for a healthy pregnancy!

Healthy fats are required by our body. They are the building blocks for hormone production which play a major role in preconception health, carrying a healthy pregnancy, through postpartum and beyond.  Good fats are crucial for the baby's brain development.  They can help decrease the risk of preterm labor and help to achieve healthier birth weights.  Many of the important vitamins that we need are fat soluble and require proper fat intake in order to be absorbed. Some of these include: Vitamin D, A, K and E.  These healthy fats help in establishing a good milk supply for nursing and can help decrease the incidence of postpartum depression.

Postpartum Healing ~ A Chiropractor's Approach

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There is so much focus on having a healthy pregnancy and delivery, that we often neglect the importance of taking care of moms after birth. Specific postpartum care is essential for all women who have given birth.

During pregnancy the mother’s body goes through many physical changes preparing for birth. Hormones play a major role in this. Relaxin is produced and helps to relax the pelvic ligaments which allows the pelvis to prepare for birth and open during delivery. During labor, a special hormone called oxytocin helps to move things along and results in contractions that helps the mother’s body  push the baby out. Giving birth is an athletic event and even the most gentle births can leave a mama needing some tender loving care.

After delivery, a mother’s body goes through major changes again. The pelvic muscles and ligaments have to heal to their normal length and tension and the pelvis also needs to re-align to its normal position. It can take months for this healing to occur and birth professionals are now considering the postpartum healing phase to last up to a year. Postpartum chiropractic care helps to normalize pelvic alignment after birth which can greatly shorten healing time!

Caring for newborn babies is also stressful to a new mamas body. Sleepless nights, awkward nursing positions, carrying your baby (let’s not even mention those heavy car seat carriers) and even just looking down at your sweet baby can cause discomfort to the neck and upper back. I often refer to this as “new mommy neck”.

 

Benefits of Postpartum Chiropractic Care

When performed by a chiropractor experienced in postpartum care, chiropractic adjustments can help to shorten the healing time and decrease the physical stress of being a new mom.  This is an essential part of postpartum healing. New moms will experience more comfort, better sleep and most importantly and increased ability to heal.

Postpartum visits are best scheduled within the first week or two after birth. The sooner we restore pelvic alignment, the faster your healing will begin! I also recommend an evaluation of the newborn during the postpartum visit. The birth process is not only hard on the mother’s body, it can be a strenuous event for the baby as well.  A newborn spinal evaluation helps to make sure that the delicate structures are in optimal position after delivery. I offer a complimentary newborn evaluation during the mother’s first postpartum appointment.

 

In addition to chiropractic care, I also provide education on many aspects of motherhood including: nursing, proper posture, carrying techniques, proper diapering, nutrition, and family wellness. I also have developed a large network of local resources to help ease the transition to motherhood.

Please reach out if you would like to learn more about postpartum chiropractic care!  I would love to connect with you. Email me at drcathy@drcathyboufford.com or call 231-375-2024 for more information.

In Health, Dr. Cathy

 

Dr. Cathy is a Women's Health Chiropractor. She is a 2003 graduate of Life University. Dr. Cathy holds the distinguished F.I.C.P.A certification from the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association and has extensive experience caring for children and their families. She has a special interest in family wellness and has taken many post doctoral courses in nutrition, therapeutic exercise, and women's health. Dr. Cathy has owned a family practice in the Lansing area for the past 13 years where she has gained a lot of experience working with women during pregnancy, postpartum and caring for their children as well. She is now offering chiropractic care in the Grand Haven area.