What is the 4th Trimester?
The Physical Demand
Breastfeeding and caring for a new baby can be difficult on your body. If you are nursing your baby, your body has to not only hold the baby up and use muscles in your arms that you might not have ever known were there but you also change the way you sit while nursing. Mamas have a tendency to slouch forward to help get a clear view of their baby and the most important thing is to be comfortable with your baby so there is no need to focus solely on your posture but to be aware of it after breastfeeding so we can help stabilize those back muscle so we don’t cause tension in the neck, shoulders, and back. One good way to help with this and still get to look at the wonderful life you just created is to bring baby up to you or support them with a nursing pillow. We will be publishing another blog about exercises to do during this time period so don't fret.
The Emotional Demand
A lot of moms want to be the perfect mom out there when in reality you don’t have to be perfect; babies don’t need perfect; they just need you to be you, the loving mom they had nurturing them in utero and now in the flesh!! DO NOT forget that you are all they need in these first years of life… no special gadgets, no special toys, no special feeding utensils.. just YOU.
Make Time for YOU... The Hardworking Mom
Benefits of Chiropractic Care
Better hormonal balance
Increased energy levels
Less stress and anxiety
Improved immune and nervous system function
Bottom line is parenting can place a physical and emotional demand on your body but you have a team of family, friends, and providers waiting to help you get through this 4th trimester. Don’t wait to see your chiropractor because they can help you feel back to normal and live a healthy and happy life with your new little one.
YOU GOT THIS MAMAS!
Dr. Kayla McVay