Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy, A Guest Post from Dr. Sharonrose Samelak

More and more women are seeking out chiropractic care to help promote a healthy pregnancy. Chiropractic care is focused on restoring and enhancing the function of the nervous system. Our bodies undergo stress throughout our daily activities; however, during pregnancy a mother’s body undergoes tremendous transformation as it changes to accommodate for the growing infant. Chiropractic care during pregnancy is focused on balancing the bones, ligaments, and muscles of the pelvis for optimal delivery. The changes in a pregnant woman’s …

Catherine Cram’s Review of Bodies for Birth

We recently had the amazing opportunity to host Catherine Cram for a full day of in-person, hands-on training at Bodies for Birth.  What a wonderful day it was. For those of you who don’t know Catherine, she is one of, if not THE nation’s leading expert in Maternal Fitness and co-authored the book “Exercising Through Your Pregnancy” with Dr. James F. Clapp III MD.  My well-worn copy has served as my perinatal fitness “Bible” over the past four years and …

Exercises to Avoid with Abdominal Separation

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What exercises should be avoided when abdominal separation is present? Postnatal-specific core-based exercise is THE best form of exercise for new moms to be doing, because it focuses on pelvic floor strength and activation of the deep abdominal muscles.  These are the two main areas of the abdominals that as an Pre/Postnatal Instructor I want to focus on building back up again first, before moving on to any other area of the abdominals. If you do the wrong types of …

Abdominals During Pregnancy

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE ABDOMINALS DURING PREGNANCY? With all the pressure outward and downward as the size of belly grows, you may be wondering…”What happens to the abdominals during pregnancy?”  This quick read provides insight into all that is happening as your body adapts to pregnancy. The six-pack muscle (Rectus Abdominis) runs from your breast bone to your pubic bone and is joined together with a strong fibrous sheath called the Linea Alba.  In some pregnancies, the Linea Alba becomes …