The care provided by your doctor, midwife, or doula during your pregnancy is paramount, but it’s not the only place to turn. Ward off stress, pain, and anxiety with the assistance of these other Main Line resources.By Melissa Greiner Photo by Carrie Hill
It doesn’t matter if it’s your first child or your fifth, if you are a young mom or some horrible nurse labeled your file “geriatric”. Pregnancy can be uncomfortable. It can also be amazing, which is why local practitioners have developed ways to help you fight everything from your overactive head to your aching back, allowing you to refocus on the journey you are amid.
An article by the Mayo Clinic suggests alternative assistance such as acupuncture and chiropractic care, as well as light physical activity such as yoga, may help moms-to-be overcome the painful side effects of pregnancy. Do some research, talk to a practitioner or instructor, consult your doctor or midwife … and find the relief you might be needing to get you from belly to baby.
Many women turn to acupuncture while trying to get pregnant, but the practice has been shown to be helpful once the stick turns blue, too. Studies have shown acupuncture to help relieve stress and morning sickness, reduce hip and low back pain, and help turn a baby in breech position. Some women even use it during labor!
Back pain of tens feels like par for the course in pregnancy, and pressure on your back can also affect your neck and cause headaches. Many chiropractors offer special sessions for pregnant women which use modified techniques and gentle pressure to help you adjust to your new form.
You won’t be doing crunches will pregnant, but doctors say keeping up a gentle level of physical activity is good for you and the baby. By keeping active, you can help relieve lower back pain, stress, nausea, and headaches. Certified prenatal yoga instructors can create a gentle, flowing workout for you that tones the muscles you’ll need come D Day while giving you a little time to relax and focus on the adventure ahead.