I have worked with pregnant women in my practice for the last 6 years and now being pregnant myself, the one thing I can say with certainty is that pregnancy is completely different for everyone. I am nowhere near an expert on this topic but I do have a bit more experience in the last 27 weeks. As a chiropractor who is navigating her way through these 9 months, I want to discuss two areas I have been focusing on to helping me survive the gong show/miracle that is pregnancy.
I am an extremely planned person. I research pretty much everything I do before doing it and plan out my weeks well in advance. When it comes to pregnancy, this whole type A/insane attitude goes out the window. You have no way of controlling what is happening to your body, your hormones are completely insane and you suddenly get advice from everyone. So much for planning one of the biggest events in your life. I have been extremely lucky in my pregnancy thus far and can’t complain about much, but what I can say is that giving up control has been difficult. To cope with these mental and emotional changes, make time to de-stress. Book an appointment with your mental health practitioner or schedule an energy treatment. Download a meditation app and get in for a workout to release some endorphins. Reach out to your family, friends or a book to get advice, rather than turning to the internet, as pregnancy blogs are actually the most terrifying things out there. Breathe! I am far from perfect in this category, but I am working on it.
This is not the time to get into the physical changes that occur during pregnancy, but as most of you know, there are a lot. Many women think that because a pregnancy app says you will be suffering from sciatica in week 16 and constant back pain starting at week 25 that these symptoms are normal. They are common, but they don’t need to be your new norm. Self-care should be top priority during pregnancy as your body is the most important part of the process. Massage, chiropractic, nutrition, prenatal Pilates classes, acupuncture, and physio may all seem like overwhelming additional appointments, but your body will appreciate any and all of them. Pregnancy is not the time to ‘tough it out’. Post pregnancy comes with its own challenges, so the healthier you are prior to delivery, the better off you should be after. At the same time, if anything can help the body when it comes to delivering a baby, I am all over it.
Pregnancy is completely different for everyone, but hopefully these small pieces of advice can help you in some way. As for me, I am about to start the third trimester which I have heard is the best/worse/most uncomfortable/easiest of the three. I will definitely be practicing what I preach. I will be out of the office starting in October for approximately 4 months for obvious reasons, but if you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me in the mean time!
Yours in health,
Dr. Rikki MacKenzie