Hello Mama-Part 2 of 3

Welcome to a series of educational blogs for women who may be struggling with low back and neck pain before, during, or after pregnancy. At PDR, our comprehensive spine specialty rehabilitation and pregnancy protocols can help resolve pre-, peri- & postpartum spine pain through an exercise and drug-free approach. Wherever you are on your journey, we can help!

Hello Mama Blog…. 2
Managing My New “Baby Body”

Welcome to the wild ride of pregnancy and becoming a Mom! Your body and baby are growing and changing every single day. It’s like a roller coaster ride with highs and lows but in the end it’s all worth it when you jump off the ride and welcome your bundle of love into the World! You may be sleeping a lot or unable to sleep, really hungry or not at all, extra sensitive to smells, tastes and sounds and you may even cry for no reason at all. New aches and pains may arrive. Your clothes are becoming uncomfortable and you’re too small for maternity clothes! Aaahhh…..but it’s all worth it!
First let’s get comfortable in our clothes. Consider buying a Bella Band maternity support by Ingrid and Isabel. It fits over your existing pants…that you can no longer button, because of that beautiful baby belly and it’s comfortable. The band was created by Moms for Moms and can be ordered at their website, www.ingridandisabel.com. It can be purchased in a variety of colors, prices range from $17.00 to $28.00. The bands are also available at Target in maternity section, and Amazon, of course. The bands can also be worn after pregnancy to help with the transition back to your favorite pants!
Exercise??? If you’re already exercising, keep moving, remember that your body needs more water, more protein, more rest breaks and recovery time. Avoid overheating your body especially after 13 weeks. Think of your baby as a bun in the oven, you don’t want to burn (overheat/stress) that bun, you want to keep the temp just right. If you are currently not exercising, add in gentle stretches, a daily walk, start at 5 min and build up to 20-30 min a day, take rest breaks or two short walks, remember to keep a moderate pace, not working to max fatigue. Just add a little glisten to that glow, no drenching sweat.
Buy a BOOK??? So the #1 bestselling pregnancy book is, What to Expect When You’re Expecting, 5th edition, revised and updated in 2016, by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazel and their team of medical advisors. The first edition was published in 1984 and used by millions of mothers as a guide and reference of what is happening to your body and your baby month by month. It is the best resource in the middle of the night when you are wondering …is this normal???
If you are experiencing neck or back pain consult with your primary OBGYN and consider physical therapy at a clinic that specializes in treating pregnant women. Here at PDR we specialize in treating Mothers at every stage and have specific exercise programs to keep you safe, strong and healthy every step of the way.
Are you ready to take next steps and learn more? Come to our FREE Educational Presentation and Q&A: Getting My Body Back on Tuesday September 18 6:30-8pm at PDR-Coon Rapids 320 Coon Rapids Blvd Coon Rapids, MN Register to attend here