online diary of my pregnancy originally written from November until now
I am living and I am growing another life.
It is incredibly important to have support throughout this process.
Chiropractic has been an important part of my support team throughout my pregnancy. I've experienced so much structural change to my body, and my biomechanics have altered greatly. Without adjustments I don't think I would have been able to continue working at the rate that I have been - I just finished my busiest month ever in practice!
I'm down to just two pairs of lululemons that fit but I'm still holding out on not buying maternity clothes (ok, I was gifted a pair of maternity jeans by my husband because he couldn't deal with this "goal" of mine).
This part of my pregnancy has been a challenge in a different way. The first 4 months were dealing with the extreme fatigue and the mental changes of an identity shift. Months 5-6-7 featured a much-welcomed boost in energy, but daily changes to my body, my nutrition, my fitness and some back and hip pain. Now, as my belly has grown quite a bit I've been challenged with pregnancy-induced rhinitis, shortness of breath as well as the extremity swelling I've heard so much about. Pregnancy-induced rhinitis I've been trying all sorts of natural remedies like a saline spray, nasal strips and homeopathic remedies - but the biggest help with the rhinitis has been getting adjusted regularly.
How I'm feeling //
A little frustrated with sounding sick when I feel otherwise fine.
More and more tired as the days pass by and I continue to grow.
Ready to get our house ready for baby (stay tuned for reno picks!)
Advice I've received//
I had a wonderful phone call with a chiropractic colleague of mine in Maple Ridge, BC, Zehra Gajic who has a special interest in pediatric, pregnancy, birth, and post-partum care. She owns a clinic where she works alongside a team of doulas + midwives + RMTs to give women the support they need during this time, and to empower them with education. She was a wealth of knowledge, and offered me advice in a multitude of areas relating to birth.
Breastfeeding can be extremely difficult - what to expect and what services are available should I need extra support.
Changes I've made//
I am wearing compression socks often to help with the ankle and foot swelling - a gift from my husband that has made a big difference in decreasing my end-of-day soreness.
Just this week, I've reduced my coaching schedule and reduced my chiropractic schedule to ensure I keep my energy high.
How I'm eating//
A regular appetite, finally!
- Dr. Cain