Grand Rapids Pregnancy

Common Changes During Pregnancy

During your pregnancy, you may become aware of common ailments and issues with your changing body. If your body is not cared for constantly and correctly, you could suffer from a misaligned spine and joints. Other common changes in your pregnancy may include:

  • Protruding abdomen and increased back curve
  • Pelvic changes
  • Postural adaptations

Be sure to keep track of your changes during your pregnancy. Be sure to share any painful and nagging pains with your chiropractor.

Exercise During Your Pregnancy

There are many positive benefits to safe and regular exercise during your pregnancy. Exercise during pregnancy helps to both strengthen your muscles and prevent ongoing discomfort.

It is good to maintain a regular exercise schedule. Ideally this means exercising at least three times a week. Always remember to stretch gently before and after exercise. As a warning, if you weren't active before your pregnancy, be sure to check with your doctor before starting or continuing any exercise.

We recommend that you follow these simple rules when working out pregnant:

  • Avoid exercises that puts you at a risk of falling
  • Do not partake in exercises that increase your heartbeat to over 140 beats per minute
  • Do not partake in strenuous activity that lasts longer than 15 minutes at a time
  • Stop your exercise routine immediately if you notice any unusual symptoms, such as vaginal bleeding, dizziness, nausea, weakness, blurred vision, increased swelling, or heart palpitations.

Working and Sleeping

It is important that you make your workstation ergonomically correct. It will help if you position your computer monitor so that top of your screen is at or below your eye level. It may also help to place a small footrest at your desk to help take pressure off your legs. We also recommend that every thirty minutes, you get up and take a quick walk around your office.

Sleeping can often be an uncomfortable time pregnant women. It may help to alleviate discomfort if you lay on your side with a pillow between your knees. This will help to take pressure off of your lower-back. Lying on your left side allows for unobstructed blood flow and helps your kidneys flush additional waste from your body.

Health and Nutrition

You may notice your hunger increase with your pregnancy. You might have strange cravings and nausea occur as well. We recommend that you eat smaller meals or snacks every four to five hours. Eating more frequently helps to squelch nausea.

Snacking of saltines cracks will also help to alleviate your nausea. You might also find that snacking on foods high in protein help to reduce hunger between sacking periods. It is necessary that you get at least 400 micrograms of folic acid a day. Folic acid has been shown to decrease the risk of neural tube birth defects, such as spina bifida. Be sure to check with your doctor before taking any vitamin or herbal supplement to make sure it's safety for you and the baby.

Local and natural birthing options

Leslie Cornwell, CNM: (616)258-2386
Laura Slater: (616)456-5967
Brenda Vrielink, BSN, CPM: (616)446-6114

GR Doulas Megan Michelotti & Cassie Schultz : [email protected]
Earth Mother Heather Dexter:
[email protected]
St. Brigid’s Holistic Labor Care Kelly O'Brien: [email protected]

Breast Feeding Groups
Healthy Kent Breastfeeding Coalition: [email protected]
Earth Mother with Heather Dexter:
Grand Rapids: [email protected]

Raising a Healthy Family
International Chiropractic Pediatric Association

Bradley Method Classes
Earth Mother with Heather Dexter:
Bradley Method website:

Postpartum Services
GR Doulas Megan Michelotti & Cassie Schultz:

Earth Mother Heather Dexter:
Continuum Healing: [email protected]

Vaccination Information
National Vaccine Information Center:
Michigan Opposing Mandatory Vaccine:
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