Some people LOVE being pregnant. They feel like glowing goddesses, bringing a life into the world. Then there are the people who just feel like a cow. That's me.
I can't sleep on my stomach for 4ish months. I have to eat. All. The. Time. Seriously, I would wake up in the middle of the night to eat. And then again first thing in the morning. This is coming from someone who usually doesn't get hungry until 2pm. I would get that achy feeling on the top of my stomach. My belly was itchy. If I dropped something on the floor, it was a whole ordeal to pick it up again. But I think the thing that was the worst was the hip spreading.
It allowed my to push those babies out really fast. Like, they told me to push twice, and they came out fast. But before that, it was MISERABLE. I am normally somewhere between a size 4-8 in pants. Whenever I get pregnant, I go up to a size 14! The problem is that when it gets to a certain point in the "spreading journey", my leg catches, my tailbone is in extreme pain, and my sciatic nerve likes to send shooting pains down my leg. Yay! It's super awesome! I literally can't even put my pants on. Besides the fact that I can't bend over at all, I can't lift one of my legs off the ground higher than an inch. For this reason,
Now, with my first pregnancy, I didn't get so lucky. I had no idea that there were chiropractors who specialized in pregnancy, so I just went to a regular one, who couldn't really figure out how to adjust me with my big ole belly in the way. Second pregnancy, I got much more lucky. We just happened to have moved 10 minutes down the road from a chiropractor who specialized in pregnancy! It was GREAT! She has this belly shaped pillow that she puts on the table so you can lay on your stomach! That was super impressive to me. She has this shooty gun thing that pops your bones back into place. Every week she had to use this on my pelvis.
After that it was amazing. I could walk around normal again! No more leg catching, no more tail bone pain, no more sciatic nerve stuff. Wahoo! Even when recovering from delivery, when my hips are "unspreading", I go through the same pain stuff. But, by seeing her consistently, I was able to avoid the discomfort of that too. Plus, she also specialized in newborns. So she was able to adjust my baby too. The first time she did this, he slept for 30 minutes in his car seat, and he HATED his car seat. It was amazing! I'll have to post a video of him getting adjusted now, it's been two years and it's so cute to see him crawl up on the table like he's a big boy. It totally makes sense to have your kids adjusted, especially when they're learning to walk and crawl. Lucas would always have a hip out, or something, from his various shenanigans. Check out Family 1st Chiro for more detailed information on how chiropractic works for pregnant ladies and children. If you live in North Dallas I highly recommend you see her! But, if you don't, and you have the "curse of the spreading hips" like I do, or a colicky, acid reflux newborn, I highly recommend that you find a chiropractor in your area who specializes in pregnancy and children. What a blessing! Until next time,
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