Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why you need a chiropractor in your village

In celebration of Pregnancy & Exercise Awareness Month we interviewed one of our favourite Vancouver chiropractors, Dr. Stephanie Bonn.  We asked Stephanie how she helps women enjoy the benefits of an active lifestyle during pregnancy?

"It is so important to stay active during your pregnancy, not only for the health of yourself and baby prior to the birth but also for the birth itself (it’s its own “marathon”) as well as your postpartum recovery so that you can care for your infant. Many women are affected by common issues in pregnancy such as back pain, neck pain, headaches, carpal tunnel syndrome in the wrist, heartburn and plantar fasciitis (foot pain). Several of these issues are due to the ligament laxity(looseness) caused by the fluctuating hormones of pregnancy, the increase in weight gain with the growth of the fetus and the shift in center of gravity.

Chiropractic care can help to decrease these symptoms which may be preventing women from having an active lifestyle during pregnancy. Activity decreases the chance of developing these symptoms and minimizes the risk of other serious complications of pregnancy such as preclampsia so it is integral to stay active. For our patients, we align their spines to minimize the stresses and strains of pregnancy which assists them in being more active and enjoying the benefits of activity. We also look at their ergonomic workstation, recommend specific exercises and prescribe supportive nutritional advice and certain supplements for a healthy pregnancy.

We then asked her for one piece of exercise advice she would give all pregnant women?

Focus on your core abdominal strength and pelvic floor throughout your pregnancy. Many of my patients experience Diastasis Recti which is a separation of the abdominals during pregnancy. This weakens your abdominal support and often contributes to back pain during and after pregnancy. The pelvic floor also needs activating to support the developing baby and also to have less issues following the birth such as incontinence. There are specific and safe exercises you can do in each trimester of pregnancy with the support of your fitness instructor or healthcare provider. It is more difficult to regain the strength of your abdominals and pelvic floor postpartum than minimizing the strain in pregnancy.

You can learn more about Dr. Bonn here. Find a Fit 4 Two class in your community.

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