When couples prepare to start a family, women are always advised to take folic acid, stop smoking and drinking, and eat healthily in preparation for pregnancy. But Ed and Jo Groenhart who run Cambridgeshire Family Chiropractic Centre believe preparing chemically and emotionally as well as physically for the journey ahead is really important too.
Many couples planning to start a family seek advice if they start to encounter any obstacles during the lead up and process of pregnancy, But experienced local chiropractor and author of Abundant Health: How to achieve your health potential, Dr Ed Groenhart, believes that it helps to start from a position of optimal preparation.
“We can start our children off on the right foot by ensuring that we are healthy and ready for their arrival, starting with our physical, nutritional and emotional health. Viewing pregnancy as a voyage that starts with preparation before you are pregnant ensures a smoother journey. The traditional view of chiropractors is we just help with back and neck ache. That’s almost a side effect of what we do. We’re working on people’s spines to improve function.
“The reason I work with a lot of pregnant women is because their spines and bodies go through so much change during pregnancy: it’s really crucial their bodies can adapt to that change but also (after the birth) they don’t get two or three months to get fit again; they’re straight in with a child. Or they may have another child, so there’s an awful lot of stress and strain that manifests itself. It’s much better if you can prevent problems rather than getting into the situation where you have a two month-old and another three year-old who still wants to be carried – then your back goes. There’s an awful lot more you can do at the pre-conception stage than just taking folic acid.”
As part of the event the centre will be talking to women about the 7 Steps towards a Happy Healthy Pregnancy:
- Get your pregnancy and birth team together
- Stay hydrated
- Watch your vitamin and fat intake
- Don’t sit if you can help it
- Get your pelvis and core stability strong
- Keep active
- Visualise your ideal birth
[With thanks to Freya Leng @FreyaLengCN]