Preparing for a Healthy Pregnancy - Gallatin Valley Chiropractic of Bozeman
If you are planning for children, preparing for pregnancy is one of the most important things you will ever do not only for your health, but for the new life you are bringing to this world. It is so important to become educated about pre-pregnancy health concerns as well as during pregnancy until the baby is born. After all, a healthier pregnancy means an easier delivery and a healthier baby.
It is recommended that all women of child bearing ages take a folic acid supplement. Folic acid, also known as folate, plays a huge role in preventing neural tube defects in infants. The neural tube is what develops into the brain and spinal cord. Folic acid helps with cell production and without it, the neural tube can not develop correctly, resulting with major concerns and health problems for infants.
The recommended amount of Folic acid women of child bearing ages need is at least 400 micrograms (mcg) daily. Women who are trying to get pregnant definitely should get this recommended amount. Women who are already pregnant should get 600 mcg of folic acid and breastfeeding mothers should take 500mcg. The first three months are very critical months when birth defect risks are at their highest and taking care of yourself should be your top priority.
Even for those who are careful with their diet, it is still sometimes hard to get the adequate amount of folic acid. Many foods like pastas, breads, cereals, rice and some other grain products are actually now fortified with folic acid. Other foods such as bananas, nuts, peas, beans, broccoli, asparagus, spinach, and other leafy grains contain higher amounts of folic acid. If you are not getting enough folic acid from these foods, look into taking a supplement especially if you are already pregnant or planning on becoming pregnant in the future.
Chiropractic and Pregnancy
Chiropractic care can be used in all stages of pregnancy, is safe, natural, and effective. Chiropractic care has been known to decrease the use of pain medications during pregnancy. This is because chiropractic care can reduce pain and symptoms associated with pregnancy, such as low and mid-back pain, leg cramping, neck pain, and headaches. Carpal tunnel symptoms and nausea have been known to improve in some with treatments from their chiropractor.
There are ways to stay healthy and comfortable during pregnancy. The more you take care of yourself the greater your chances are to have a smoother delivery and a healthier baby. Visit your local Bozeman Chiropractor to find out if chiropractic care is something that may benefit you and your pregnancy.
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