Short & Sweet…Just like labor should be

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So much birth and labor talk around me recently. No I am not talking about those elderly woman who stop me on the street or at the Russian store and ask me when I’m having my next one since my son is turning two soon. I love how some people have no boundaries whatsoever sometimes. I mean honestly, I don’t discuss my sex life, nor would I discuss it with a stranger. So that questions remains unanswered to many, and will remain that way. I am talking about the soft echoes down the hall that are filled with baby registry talks, laughs about who the baby will look like,  bickering about what the baby’s name will be, labor plans that never go the right way, and constant grunts of pain. How many women do you know went through pregnancy, labor, or postpartum without any muscular pains? I have been around quite a few pregnant women, was one of them two years back, and all I could hear is this notion of pain and fear filling up their mind and body. It’s depressing. They have this little human life growing in them, and all that is surrounding them is this negative image of labor and birth. I remember when I was about 7 months pregnant, interning in clinic, and all of my patients were mostly elderly grandmas and grandpas. The nicest of them all said I looked like I was having twins. “Are you sure there’s not two in there?” she said pointing to my round belly. “No, I’m sure,” I said while performing a laser treatment on her ankle. Honestly don’t insult someone when they are pregnant and trying to treat your sprained ankle. Anyways, I’m saying she was the nicest of them all because she didn’t have time to tell me a birth horror story like most of my patients did. Seriously what is up with SCARRING pregnant women? It’s not funny! We all wouldn’t be here if birth was so bad, so please stop it. Have you seen other mammals give birth? It’s so natural, so instinct. You just have to turn off your thinking and turn on your “animal.” It’s kind of about just LETTING IT GO. I had such a big issue with that. I like to be in control, so I couldn’t let go. Even though at that point I thought I fully educated myself on pregnancy and knew everything there was to know about birth, I really didn’t. On my way to become a childbirth educator, aside from my doula work, I want to teach women, teach their partners how not to fear birth. When you are educated, you know, you are informed, and you don’t go blind sided into it.

MUST DO’S DURING PREGNANCY:

  1. Find a good doula/birth worker/and prenatal Chiropractor
  2. Find a good birth class that falls into your values
  3. Let go of fear, embrace your pregnancy, your birth, and your baby
  4. Self-heal, find the time for yourself. Write down your weaknesses and your strengths
  5. Be PREPARED, INFORMED, AND EDUCATED! Make it YOUR birth.

MUST DON’TS:

  1. Read or google everything that can go wrong online
  2. Not taking a birth class
  3. Ignoring nutrition & exercise
  4. Listening to other peoples’ traumatic birth stories or wonderful C-sections
  5. Letting fear control your pregnancy

TODDLER RECIPE

QUICK & EASY MEATBALLS!

You will need:

-ground chicken

-farina

-1 egg

-spices (I use oregano and parsley, and just a pinch of sea salt)

In a bowl, add ground chicken, farina (I add about 2 teaspoons for 1 piece of chicken breast-it depends on the amount but you want the mixture to be sticky, so keep adding until you can roll the ground chicken with the farina and egg into a ball). Add 1 egg. Mix well to create a uniform mixture. Roll into small balls and add to the pan. For frying I use coconut oil. Fry one side and then flip over. Add half a cup of water to the pan and cover it with a lid to fry until done. Usually about 20 minutes for frying.  Serve with a side of steamed veggies and pasta! VOOOLA, dinner in no time! My toddler loves these!

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Look out for my next blog when I will discuss THE IMPORTANCE OF CHIROPRACTIC IN THE PRENATAL WORLD

 

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CHIROPRACTIC FOR BABIES 101

As I am finishing up a few more classes for my International Chiropractic Pediatric Association certification, I am excited and geared up to share my knowledge with the world. It seems like Chiropractic is taboo for most families and I always wonder why? Look, who do you turn to after an automobile accident? The Chiropractor. Did you get a back injury at work? The Chiropractor. You want to get your spine checked. You want to make sure everything is okay. Your spine is your lifeline. You want it to be in its best shape, then why are you limiting your babies from getting the proper check up after birth? Birth is trauma. They need to be checked!

I recall when one of the instructors, of the pediatrics seminars that I attended, put up a video of a Huggies commercial. My first thoughts were “aww cute babies, they’re crawling like a crab or scooting all the way to the other side,” but then the instructor stopped it and asked, “what’s wrong with this picture?” The kids who were trying to scoot their way across the floor had a hard time. They weren’t using the cross-crawl pattern. They looked like they were struggling versus the kids who crawled on all fours to the other side of the room. The crawlers were happy and smiling. The Huggies commercial said, “it doesn’t matter how you get across the room.” Wrong. It does matter. It’s not okay for a kid to skip crawling on their fours because that is how the brain gets wired. The cross-crawl pattern is crucial in building the bridge between the right and left hemispheres. Chiropractic is essential for babies and their development, rebooting the nervous system and connecting the missing pieces.

5 COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR WHY YOUR LITTLE ONE SHOULD BE SEEN BY A CHIROPRACTOR.

1. “WHY SHOULD I GET MY NEWBORN BABY ADJUSTED?”
-Like Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani writes in her book “How to have well adjusted babies,”
“Birth can be a sprain in the neck.” You know those days that you just wake up and have that pain in your neck and scream, “Ugh why did I sleep that way.” I’m sure most people have experienced that type of pain, that aching that ruined your whole day because you just slept in the wrong position last night. What if you slept in that position for nine months? Just think of it, a baby is restricted for 9 months in the uterus. If the mom has pelvic misalignment then it increases in utero constrain further. That’s during pregnancy, how about the delivery process? It doesn’t matter if it’s c-section, natural birth, a medicated birth, long or short labor, the baby goes through a distressful journey. Getting your newborn adjusted will help ensure that from the very beginning infants can function to their full potential.

2. “CHIROPRACTORS TWIST AND CRACK YOUR NECK. I’M AFRAID FOR MY BABY.”
-Good news: there is no twisting, cracking, or popping! Adjustments for babies are very light and commonly feel like a light touch. The adjustment is usually done by a light two-fingertip contact. Other tools such as a drop head piece or an activator can be used as well and are very gentle forms of adjustment.

3. “ONCE MY BABY STARTS GOING TO THE CHIROPRACTOR, THEY WON’T STOP, WE WILL HAVE TO KEEP COMING BACK”
-Not true. Most Chiropractors want your little one to be well. The less visits the better. Depending on the issues it might take a couple of visits to help manage the underlying problem but as soon as the baby is better it is not necessary to come back every week. It’s great to check in every couple of months and see how your little one is doing. Proper development of the spine can create a brighter future for your child.

4. “SO CHIROPRACTORS JUST ADJUST THE BABY AND THAT’S IT?”
-Not true. Chiropractors specializing in pediatrics care will assess your baby by checking their neurological reflexes to make sure they are properly developing as well as checking their spine. Also, nutrition plays a big role in your baby’s development which is part of your baby’s Chiropractic care.

5. “SHOULD I ONLY TAKE MY BABY TO THE CHIROPRACTOR WHEN SOMETHINGS WRONG?”
-Your baby may not be showing symptoms of discomfort but taking them to the Chiropractor is a great first step to ensure a healthy future. According to Dr. Barham-Floreani, “It is important to note that 65% of neurological development (ie. Development of the brain and nervous system) occurs in your child’s first year” (Well adjusted babies 261).

5 Most common things pediatric patients come in to the office for:
1. Colic
2. Breastfeeding difficulties/latching
3. Ear infections
4. Torticollis
5. Wellness care

My little one was adjusted at two weeks old. He’s my Chiro baby

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WHAT’S FOR DINNER? Easy recipe to make while you’re chasing after your toddler.
SPAGHETTI SQUASH, TOFU, AND CUCUMBERS

You will need:
1 spaghetti squash
1 tofu (I buy the extra firm from Trader Joes)
1 cucumber
1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees
2. Cut the spaghetti squash in half and take the seeds out.
3. Cover an oven pan with foil and spray it with coconut oil.
4. Let bake for 40-45 minutes but check on it. It will become soft and golden when ready.
5. After you take it out of the oven scoop the soft part out with a fork from both halves.
6. While the squash was baking you can cut the tofu into thin slices and fry. Add any sauce for taste. Sometimes I use a peanut sauce or a sesame sauce but not for my toddler.
7. Add cucumber on the side.
Simple & healthy!

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