Staying healthy physically starts with eating well and getting good nutrition. We realize there is a lot of conflicting information out there about what constitutes “healthy eating” and what to eat while pregnant that would contribute to a healthy pregnancy without also contributing to an unhealthy amount of weight gain. The issue of weight gain deserves it’s own discussion, so we are first going to discuss a variety of nutrition plans and what their basis is:
The US Federal Government creates it’s own Food Pyramid, then periodically revises it. There are several problems with the food pyramid that have been addressed in a wide variety of forums but it serves as a good place to start with a mainstream idea of what nutrition is:
- From GentleBirth.org Archives – Prenatal Nutrition, Diet, Supplements
- From BradleyBirth.com – Their sample of a well balanced prenatal diet.
- For Brewer Diet Information – Blue Ribbon Baby or drbrewerpregnancydiet.com
Taking supplements or vitamins recommended by your care provider? Check out our Medication and Homeopathic Information Sheets for you to find out what the pros and cons of different meds or supplements are and what to ask your care provider! (Coming soon!)
For some women, keeping your body healthy means addressing health needs before or during pregnancy. Regular dental checks before pregnancy helps ensure that teeth stay healthy and here are some other body health helps:
For women who are having specific body issues, physical therapy or chiropractic care can sometimes help. Physical therapy accents stretching and balance and strength training which are necessary for healthy muscle structure and has proven techniques for healing and bodily support, including for urinary incontinence, back issues, isolated pain in hips or legs or back. Chiropractic treatment relies on techniques for manipulating the body to achieve different results. One technique that is often mentioned during pregnancy is the Webster technique. ICPA, the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association, has a great description of the technique and how it works on their site.
Another technique in use for relaxation for mothers and possible treatment for breech babies is acupuncture and moxibustion.
While the other methods focus on techniques that need care providers of some kind, many women also choose to do self-work in the form of Pregnancy Yoga or Pilates or even Belly Dancing. These methods build strength and a feeling of health and balance that comes from within as you feel the work changing your bodily structure.
And just to make sure we approach this from a medical standpoint as well, this is a little mainstream, but good – ABC’s of a Healthy Pregnancy from the March of Dimes.