During pregnancy you might find yourself tossing back and forth at night to find a comfortable spot. You may have to change your usual sleeping positions for your second and third trimester. Sleeping directly on your back after 20 weeks should be avoided. This is because a large vein, called the vena cava, delivers blood from your lower back to your heart. If you lie flat on your back and the baby is on the right side, it could compress the vein and could block delivery of blood back to your heart. Continue Reading »
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So you made the big decision to proactively try to get pregnant. (Congrats!) Now what? Making healthy choices a month or two before you become pregnant is an important step to a healthy and happy pregnancy. This is a good time to focus on getting your body into its most healthy state. A few things you may want to consider are:
- Start taking a prenatal vitamin with .4mg of Folic Acid included – It’s recommended to take .4mg of folic acid a day for at least one month before you conceive and during your first trimester. This reduces your chances of having a baby with neural-tube defects such as spina bifida by 50 to 70 percent. Continue Reading »
If you had or need to have a C-section delivery, you may have the ability to deliver your next baby vaginally. The decision to have a vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) is one of the most individually designed choices that a woman can make in childbirth. It requires a thorough discussion regarding the benefits and risks for each patient. Every pregnancy has specific characteristics to consider, which is why no one choice is the same for everyone. Continue Reading »
Due to a naturally weakened immune system, pregnant women and their growing babies are at higher risk for food borne illness which could lead to serious health problems. Follow these tips to avoid illness caused by harmful bacteria, viruses, parasites or chemical contaminants:
- Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water before and after handling food as well as when using the bathroom, changing diapers or handling pets (have someone else change the litter box).
- Rinse fruits and vegetables carefully under running water and wash cutting boards, utensils and countertops with hot, soapy water.
- Keep raw meats, poultry and seafood separate from ready-to-eat foods and use a separate cutting board and a clean plate once food has been cooked. Continue Reading »
According to a recent study, at least 20 percent of women experience back pain during pregnancy and 30-50 percent of these women report it is severe enough to avoid social activities or stay home from work. Aches and pains during pregnancy and postpartum are not normal, although they are common.
Unfortunately, only 15-30 percent of women with back pain during pregnancy report receiving treatment. The good news is that treatment is available.
As a physical therapist, I treat patients with pain everyday. I am passionate about treating women throughout their lifespan, but especially during pregnancy and postpartum. Women have very different bodies during these phases of life and additional stressors limit their ability to take time to care for themselves. My focus is to make sure they take care of themselves and eliminate their pain, which allows them to return to normal activities and enjoy their pregnancy and new baby without pain.