Preparing for a Connected Pregnancy
I remember the day when Josh and I discovered that we were going to be welcoming a baby into our family. It was a day full of emotions, some good, some bad, and just about everything in between. In spite of all this, there was one aspect to our lives that made me feel comfortable about welcoming our child into this world, which was our lifestyle. The fact that we had been living a holistic lifestyle gave me confidence that my mind and body were in the optimal place to for a new life to grow and thrive.
Along with the whole food diet, we were following and an exercise routine and I had been under regular Chiropractic care for two years. I was preparing with yoga and resistance training exercises every day. Making sure that I was physically and neurologically healthy was my number one goal. Knowing that I was taking care of my body from the inside gave me peace of mind that my baby would be able to develop into a healthy being. I knew that having a neurological system free of interference was vitally important to the growth of our son.
The ability to grow another life inside you is one thing that makes women especially extraordinary. This innate gift that we have allows us to overcome obstacles and achieve one of life’s greatest successes, motherhood. Going through pregnancy and raising a child is something that changes a woman’s perspective on the world. For me, it became a life experience that needed to be shared.
“I use my story to empower women to understand their bodies and to understand that birth is natural and that our bodies are ready to take it on to give life.”
Today, our society tends to view birth as a medical “condition” and “procedure.” This medical paradigm goes as far as to make women feel as if they cannot give birth naturally and should only do so in a hospital setting. Fear should never be used to motivate a mother to make a health choice for her family. This detachment from her natural state can affect her mind and the decisions she makes when pregnant. As if the natural mood swings from crazy hormone fluctuations didn’t do that enough!
Here are some important choices a woman should consider in having a Transcendent pregnancy and delivery:
The first choice that comes to my mind is a subluxation free nerve system. When the brain and body are able to freely communicate, the woman is better able to adapt with the constant changes occurring in and around her body. Adaptation is something you learn during pregnancy and during the first months of the child’s life.
When feedback and stimuli from the environment enter through our sensory organs, it is first analyzed by the central nerve system. When the brain comes up with a plan of action on how to adapt, it processes the information and relays it to the appropriate areas of the body. When the growing fetus and the mother’s brain are able to sense each other and react without interference, the baby will grow and thrive. If the mother is neurologically compromised from a spinal misalignment, this sort of biological feedback is impaired. A nerve system that is transmitting abnormal signals will certainly create abnormal fetal cells.
“When my nerve system is functioning correctly and analyzed frequently, all activities on the physical level are optimized allowing me to receive the most benefit from the whole food nutrition and yoga I was utilizing.”
- Dr. Kenzie
Nutrition and Exercise:
We need to be fueling our body with the best possible sources of nutrients. It is very hard to decipher food labels these days, mostly because the ingredients aren’t food at all. My advice to those trying to eat healthy is in fact very simple: eat organic, non-GMO, whole foods. Leave the processed foods and sugars at the grocery store, avoid chemicals, and buy local. Organic foods are packed full of nutrients that conventionally grown or genetically modified foods just don’t have.
Eating organic allows your body to easily absorb the useful nutrients from a food. Most of us are “nutrient hungry,” not low on calories. Organic foods actually cause you to eat less because your body is satisfying its hunger for vitamins and minerals from the nutrient dense food as opposed to eating more of less nutrient dense foods. This can also be important for maintaining a healthy weight while pregnant which is always a plus!
Exercise is also important for many reasons. Movement is a way of dispersing the negative energy in your life and converting it into positive energy. Yoga and resistance training work
perfectly to create physical harmony in the body without the use of heavy lifting or vigorous exercises. Not only did I find it to be physically therapeutic but also emotionally. Staying active throughout pregnancy will also help prepare your body with the stamina and muscle tone needed for the exciting challenge of delivery.
Follow this blog which I really encourage you to check out for yoga and prenatal stretches:
Next on my list would be mental/emotional health. It is so important to be honest with yourself about the experience you are having and the feelings that may be overcoming your body throughout this time. Pregnancy and the constant hormonal changes can be overwhelming. Having a solid and reliable support system is absolutely imperative for a healthy transition into motherhood. Remember to be confident in yourself and your body, it was made for this!
Lastly is spiritual health. For me, spiritual health means feeling connected to myself, to my partner, and to the baby growing inside of me. Being able to connect on a deeper level gave me the confidence to overcome any obstacle that came along the way. Taking time every day to reconnect with my feelings and the feelings of those around me was imperative. To achieve this, I would do breathing exercises, take walks, and try to connect with nature by grounding.
There is so much more you can do in all of these areas. Figuring out which methods work best for you is crucial and Transcendence Family Institute is always here to help you along the way.
Thanks for reading and please share!
Dr. Kenzie Henk
Perinatal and pediatric Chirorpactor
Transcendence Family Wellness Center
(586) 943 - 0584