Happy Mother’s Day!

Happy Mother’s Day! 

The last six months with Jack have been a day by day adventure. Each day we explore “newness” together; new emotions, new motor developments, new language, new sleep patterns :-), new sounds and the list goes on. It is truly amazing to watch Jack in action and to reflect on the growth we have experienced in 6 short months as a family. This role of motherhood is remarkable on many levels. It taps into emotions that run deeper than any emotion I have ever felt before. I am thankful for my mother, sisters and friends that have answered numerous phone calls, many questions and simply allowed me to cry when need be. I need to be physically fit to do all that I do in a day as a mom. At 6 months Jack weighs 18lbs, 9 oz. To hold him the way I do, I need a strong body. I am thankful for Jacob, my chiropractor, Stroller Strides – Highlands and my determination for keeping my body in optimal performance so that I can do the physical demands of motherhood.   Over the last few months, some inspirational pieces have crossed my path. I share them with you in hopes that they will inspire you too. Again, Happy Mother’s Day. One day in the year is dedicated to celebrating mothers. I encourage you to find celebration in every day. What you do as a mother is beyond words impressive. Thank you.

~ Dr. Maura

Thoughts on motherhood by Debra Gilbert Rosenberg

– New mothers enter the world of parenting feeling much like Alice in Wonderland.

– Being a mother is one of the most rewarding jobs on earth and also one of the most challenging.
– Motherhood is a process. Learn to love the process.
– There is a tremendous amount of learning that takes place in the first year of your baby’s life; the baby learns a lot, too.
– It is sometimes difficult to reconcile the fantasy of what you thuoght motherhood would be like, and what you thought you would be like as a mother, with reality.
– Take care of yourself. If Mommy isn’t happy, no one else in the family is happy either.
– New mothers generally need to lower their expectations.
– A good mother learns to love her child as he is and adjusts her mothering to suit her child.”

 

How to Really Love a Child by SARK – see graphic at bottom of the newsletter.

 

Running Season

5k season is here!  Whether you are a beginner runner like myself or a seasoned athlete, are you giving your body what it needs to support your training efforts and setting yourself up for success?  Here are some simple tips that will keep you running:

Train- This might seem like an obvious one but many injuries happen because people overestimate their fitness level and underestimate the task at hand. There are plenty of 5k, 1/2 and marathon training programs available.  Find one that works well for you and stick to it. Give your body the preparation and recovery time it needs.

Hydrate –  As you increase the demand on your body, you will need to increase your hydration. A good percentage of muscle aches and cramps are due to dehydration. Good, clean water is your best source of hydration.

Gear – Invest in good shoes and for women, a good sports bra.

Have your spine checked – Let’s face it, running is not the easiest sport on your body. The health and condition of your spine affects your posture in general and more specifically, your running posture. The condition of your spine can affect your running gait and the condition of your knees and feet. So if you’re feeling aches and pains beyond the post workout soreness or you are not performing the way you would like to be, your spine could be the source of the problem. A properly functioning spine equals a properly functioning body and a better performing body.

Children and Chiropractic

At Well Beings, we are seeing a lot of children who are experiencing challenges to their immune system (croup, sinus infections and ear infections). Jack and I just went through the process of upgrading our bodies by processing a cough and cold. Upgrades are not always fun but our bodies are stronger now that we’ve been through the experience. I thought I would share some of what we did to support our inside out healing process.

Nervous system – We had our spines and nervous system checked daily. Knowing that the function of the nervous system impacts the function of the immune system, it was important to that our nervous systems were clear of any interference so that our bodies could heal as efficiently as possible.

  1. Slowed down and unplugged – We decreased our activity and increased our rest. This is tough to do in our society that values the go, go, go but a vital step in the healing process.
  2. Moisture – The dry Denver climate is tough on our respiratory systems. To increase the moisture, I created a steam room in the bathroom. I turned on the shower as hot as it would go for 5 minutes to create steam then we stood/sat  in the bathroom for 15-30 minutes and took in the steam. We also ran the humidifier at night infused with lemon or lavender essential oils.
  3. Garlic – Garlic is a natural immune booster.  Several times a day I would eat a pressed clove of garlic mixed with a spoonful of water.
  4. Nutrition – My body really craved light broths and green smoothies so that is what I ate. I eliminated all refined sugars.
  5. Mind-body connection – I was very conscious of saying and thinking we were processing and healing vs. we are sick. You bring about what you think about so I focused on our healing with daily meditation and positive thought.
  6. Essential oils – I applied a mixture of lavender and lemon essential oil to Jack’s feet and chest and to my throat and chest. (I used a carrier oil with Jack to decrease the intensity.)

The body has an amazing ability to heal. Give the process a chance.

Can Chiropractic Adjustments help with a Baby that is in the Breech Position?

Recently we have had several inquiries about whether or not chiropractic adjustments can help with a baby that is in the breech position.  Let’s explore how and why chiropractic adjustments can help.

What is breech presentation? The ideal presentation/positioning of baby in the womb toward the end of a women’s pregnancy is vertex (i.e. head down). When the baby’s feet or bottom are the presenting part, the presentation is called breech.  There are different types of breech presentation, complete breech, footling breech, frank breech.

 

Dr. Maura and Dr. Jacob are certified in the Webster technique. Use of the Webster technique may help with baby positioning. The Webster technique, as defined by the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA), is “a specific chiropractic analysis and adjustment that reduces interference to the nerve system and balances maternal pelvic muscles and ligaments. This in turn reduces torsion in the uterus, a cause of intra-uterine constraint of the baby and allows for optimal fetal positioning in preparation for birth.” Simply put the alignment of the pelvis affects the tension/ease of the uterine ligaments and muscles of the mother.  The tenion/ease of the uterine ligaments and muscles affect the position of the uterus. The position of the uterus affects the space in which the baby is growing. The space in which the baby is growing affects the position of the baby (ie breech/not breech). Therefore specific analysis and chiropractic adjustments to the mother’s pelvis can affect the positioning of the baby.  Optimal fetal positioning is one of the many benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments during pregnancy.

Gratitude Journal

Do you keep a gratitude journal? A gratitude journal is a daily record of the things for which you are thankful. These things can be large or small. Some examples of things you might include are:I am thankful for my family; I am thankful for my job; I am thankful for the opportunity to eat breakfast. The benefits of a gratitude journal include increased physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It also allows you to remember the positive aspects of life when things do not seem to be going your way. Give it a try. You will be thankful you did!

Confessions of a Corporate Climber

Charge: misunderstanding and undervaluing the role of the Stay at Home Mom

Verdict: Guilty as charged

Prior to becoming a chiropractor, I spent eleven years in corporate America in several different roles, project manager, sales manager, work-life consultant and some others.  I thought my roles were very important.  I was changing corporate cultures, streamlining workflow, impacting the bottom line, selling cutting edge technology that changed the way business was done. As a chiropractor, I helped people regain their health, changed the lives of children and helped women prepare their bodies for pregnancy and childbirth – pretty important, right?  Again, I thought these things were really important and really they are. However in my new role as a SAHM, their importance seems muted.  Back in the day as a female corporate climber, I did not understand why any woman would make the choice to be a stay at home mom nor did I value the role of a SAHM. I wondered, what does a SAHM do all day? How can she give up her right to earn her own money? How does she feel any purpose, reward? How does she stimulate her brain staying at home all day?  How does she feel achievement?

Fletcher Family

Oh boy!! As a new mother, I now have a deep understanding and appreciation for why women make the career choice of a SAHM. I no longer have the responsibility of million dollar quotas or the health and well being of my community. Instead I have the responsibility of raising a child and to me that feels really important.  My quota is not around how much software I sold but instead how many diapers I changed and meals I provided. I embrace these mom quotas with as much or more vigor and determination as I did my sales quotas.   I used to create project plans that left no task undefined and I managed that plan to the minute.  I’m finding now that the project plan of this SAHM is not determined by me but by the needs of my child. It’s the most  free flowing plan I have ever experienced.  How do you “plan” supporting the daily needs of a newborn?  I no longer answer to VPs of Sales and CEOs but instead to the peep of a 10 week old baby who has more influence over me than any CEO ever had. I no longer am designing plans of health for people of my community but instead am watching and monitoring the health of one, my son.

 

As I wrote above, I THOUGHT my role as a corporate climber and a chiropractor came with a lot of responsibility, and importance. But the responsibilities of those roles do not hold a candle to the responsibility and importance I have as a SAHM. I am responsible for the health and well being of my child, his safety, his development, his EVERYTHING. I accept that responsibility with every ounce of my being.  It is true, at the end of the year, I likely will not be recognized with a plaque, an all expenses paid trip to Hawaii or a handsome bonus. However I will have had the joy of watching my son grow, learn, and thrive minute by minute moment by moment .  I wouldn’t trade a minute with my son for that plaque, trip or bonus. And it is for this reason I am a SAHM.

 

My apologies to all SAHMS for my previous lack of understanding and appreciation for what you do every day. I now understand, honor and respect your choice and mine.

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