Chiropractic and Pregnancy

00:07-07:57Chiropractic & Pregnancy 
08:05-23:56 Chiropractic & Perinatal Care
23:58-30:20Chiropractic & Post-Partum Care
30:21-35:44 Physical Activity During Pregnancy 

Chiropractic & Pregnancy

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:00:06] Chiropractic and pregnancy, and so we wanted to take kind of a different route again, but still relating directly back to how it is that we can help as chiropractors directly with these patients. Clayton, we see pregnant patients in the office often all the time. Hey, now get pregnant. We continue to see them.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:00:27] Yeah, I mean, Ben coined this lecture, The Back and Bump’s Lecture and definitely something, and unfortunately, I’ll say that it’s something that not a lot of people know. That chiropractic can help. Sometimes I’ll have people say, “I just got pregnant, so I got to cancel my appointments”. I’m like, no, no, no, no. Right. There’s a lot of education that needs to be to be given. Obviously, when especially new moms, and you feel like you need to protect them. They’re like, oh, I don’t know. Then they chuckle online and doctor Google. And all of a sudden they appear in her office without too much education. The fact that they now know that chiropractic could help us to come in and say, I’m pregnant. How can chiropractic help? So how can chiropractic help then?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:01:57] Let’s talk about that. So how chiropractic can help. I mean, we’ve got fifty to eighty-five percent of pregnant women will experience back pain. That’s one in every two or almost everybody that comes into the office who’s pregnant? Women and eight to 20 percent. Twenty percent of women who have had a child will experience pain for longer than three years postpartum. Wow. Right. And so after having one child, a woman may experience pain up until they have that second pregnancy. And then again, we’re going through that cycle. Oh, I’m just this is just how I was after pregnancy. And so those numbers, like those numbers are way too high. So something has to be done. Right. And so that’s where chiropractic plays its direct role. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving it.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:03:01] I guarantee you that a large percentage of those people had structural and functional issues prior to the pregnancy and the pregnancy becomes the stress of the body, the dysfunctional pelvis, mould bacteria can no longer adapt to. And the pain shows up in pregnancy, right?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:03:21] Absolutely. And I mean, that’s what that, again, is what really pushes women into our office and people into our offices. Sort of that straw. Right. The straw that breaks the camel’s back. The last thing, is there anything that I can do about this? Because this is unbearable. I know I’m going to be this size, this weight for nine months. What can I do about this? And so the solution is your spine. It’s made out of twenty-four vertebrae, independent vertebrae, and they enable your body to twist the bend and move. It also helps protect the nervous system that controls and coordinates every cell organ and tissue in your body.

So neural interferences in the spine, which are commonly known as joint dysfunctions or subluxation in the chiropractic world, occurs when two or more vertebrae become restricted and impede your body’s ability to move and communicate with itself. During pregnancy, the body goes through such a large change and there are stressors being placed on the spine. Women will gain up to 30 pounds during pregnancy, which is a huge change to go through in nine months.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:04:34] Right. Mark Wahlberg took on a film role and within six months had to put on 40 pounds. He was eating over nine thousand calories a day.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:04:52] Right. So imagine the changes that have to take place in order for you to take 30 pounds of pregnancy. A huge change in the joints, the pelvis and how everything is sitting your weight, bearing your center of gravity. Everything shifts. Exactly. If your body’s not ready to adapt to this change, the body is going to run into a wall. When it hits that wall, you’ll start getting this interference in the spine. You start feeling the symptoms, the pain that you’re experiencing. Most of the weight that women will gain obviously is around the abdomen, adding to a significant frontal load. The added weight in the front creates this dysfunction. This leads to the pain that people are feeling in the hips, low back and pelvic area. It alters posture and altered biomechanics like what Dr. Roach is talking about.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:06:02] Now, something important happens in the third trimester that I want to talk about, and that is a hormone that is being released in order to accommodate at that point, a baby that’s now four or five pounds and it’s a hormone called relaxin RELAXIN. And so what Relaxin will do is going to create laxity in the pelvic ligaments and the surrounding structures that the pelvis can adapt. So that’s all fine and dandy. But now he’s got a bag of loose bones, so to speak, that can shear. And that’s why sometimes people don’t notice back pain until later in the pregnancy when that relaxing hormone starts to starts to occur.

Now, I would say that if relaxing gets released, but the pelvis prior to that was in good shape because the person was having chiropractic care, then relax and can kind of take hold of the environment without too many issues. But if relaxing comes in and the pelvis is all but it was out of alignment prior, you going to have problems in your third trimester later back then and then people come in and say, well, you know, it’s back is the baby’s position. But all of a sudden when you have an assessment done by a chiropractor, it might not be that at all. It could be, but a lot of that could be just because of the structure and function lower back.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:07:29] Absolutely. And so ensuring that you’re correcting and seeing the chiropractor for the dysfunction early on in pregnancy is definitely worth going through, especially when you’re experiencing an accumulation of all of these dysfunctions right before giving birth

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:07:50] And even before conception, even preparing the pelvis before pregnancy. That would be ideal, right? Already. Ben.

Chiropractic & Perinatal Care

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:08:03] So, yeah, definitely chiropractic and perinatal care, so what are the things that chiropractic can help with? And so obviously when the spine is out of alignment, it’s the job of the chiropractor to find the areas that are causing the most dysfunction. And so we’ll be looking to the low back, spine, the upper back and neck as well, to take off any sort of pressure that may be placed on the nervous system, especially in the low back. If we look at the photo to the left, you can sort of seeing just how biomechanically the structure of the female begins to change as she’s beginning to gain that weight and carry a growing-going baby there in her stomach. And so you can see how the lower back, especially the lumbar vertebrates that begin to get hyper lordotic.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:08:50] Yeah, so hypo lordotic, just so people know, that’s too much curve in the lower back. So it’d be like a large C curve in that lower back.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:08:59] Yeah. And so what that large C curve will do is cause dysfunction. However, an increased curve also places direct pressure onto the posterior elements of the joint. And so which can lead to dysfunction. It’s like arthritis and pain because they’re stimulating those nerves and those joints directly. Lack of blood flows into the area, inflammation, inflammation just accumulating into the joint. And so none of that inflammation and none of that blood flow is being circulated through the joint. That’s what will lead to that pain locally in that area there.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:09:37] Definitely a shift in everything in terms of what the body is used to. And I just want to point out that plumb line, you know, that plumb line is supposed to go from the middle part of the ear to what’s called medial malleoli, a little bump on the inside of your ankle. Well, all that shifts during pregnancy. So one of the things that you’ll start to see is certain muscles that used to belong are now shortened specifically. I’ll talk about this muscle here called the psoas right in through here that attaches, you know, from the hip. Deep into the front part of that lower back, so what happens that because you’re leaning forward that so it starts to get short and will contribute to that increased curve in the lower back And later on, low back pain.

Now, the problem is, is that a lot of times these people already had a job that got them sitting for a long period of time. The psoas is already tight. Now you add weight on the front and it’s just a perfect storm and people start having more back pain, women that are pregnant. Let’s just yeah, most of the injuries are more some more. Most of the problems you had prior to pregnancy come back to haunt you because there’s just more stress on the system.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:11:03] Exactly. A really good example of, like something that you had that comes back to haunt you is this idea of the forward head posture and the rounding of the upper back. So if you’ve already had a forward head posture and a structure that started to change and your muscles in the back aren’t used to holding your erect posture, you’re going to start doing that when you’re pregnant and when you begin to activate these muscles too soon, that’s when you start to get dysfunctions up in your thoracic spine.

A lot of women will present with rib pain. That’s when the joint between the ribs in your back and your vertebrae is not moving properly. You can’t take nice deep breaths. Every time that you lean forward, it’s painful. Every time you contract and try to lean back, it’s painful. And so correcting those dysfunctions even before pregnancy is a part of the process of making sure that it’s an easier and smooth pregnancy for you.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:12:02] Now, here’s an interesting fact, is the fact that I kind of alluded to this when you were talking about not being able to take a deep breath, a lot of you might not know. And if this is something that you learn, can I just put a little thumbs up on your post here, your soul as your hip flexor actually attaches to your diaphragm. So if you are not breathing properly, that’s so as contracts even more so now you’ve got a psoas a hip flexor that is contracting because you have more weight in front of you. That’s contrary to your backing. And because of that, you’re not breathing well, which is contributing to less oxygen, which now contributes to that so as being tied more.

Now you’ve got a positive feedback cycle that is just a nightmare for lower back pain. So just give the thumbs up if that’s something that you learned tonight because that is one of the biggest reasons why a lot of women have pain when they’re when you’re pregnant. Exactly. Another condition that I’d like to talk about is something called meralgia paresthetica. And so this is a condition where we’re done. What does it mean? Big word. So this is when you lose sensation or you receive pain on the outside part of your thigh. And so what happens is when you start to gain this weight and the belly starts to get a lot bigger and the tissues begin to expand, it places a lot of extra pressure on the nerves that exit from the abdomen.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:13:33] And so there’s pressure down in the lower abdomen on this nerve. You can actually choke the nerve and so you and pinch it. When you start to get this pain down the side of your leg. This will persist even after pregnancy if it’s not taken care of because the scar tissue even after remains there. It’s very important during and after pregnancy to have that treatment taken care of because it can be fairly debilitating for a lot of people. Yeah, so interesting fact about the nerve and the nervous called the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve. Then there’s a test at the end of this.

It can also appear in obese people, people that wear a belt too tight around the waist, including police officers with their holsters, because the nerve is very, very close to the skin and it’s sensory only, meaning you will not get weakness from this nerve. Being trapped is just a sensation along where Ben said along the lateral thigh. So it’s a very, very unique nerve entrapment in terms of the symptoms that it causes and where it causes those symptoms, but very, very common in pregnancy.

So, again, if you learn something, just give us a little thumbs up and a little heart. We are discussing if you just joined us, pregnancy and chiropractic care and some of the conditions that can occur in pregnancy. So what else? And I mean, I just wanted to do a quick point here that I’ve never been pregnant, so I’m not going to understand what it’s like to go through a pregnancy.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:15:13] Right. No kidding right now. But being that we are chiropractors, we’re looking at the spine and the impacts of external and internal stressors on the body. And so whatever it is that we can do to alleviate the amount of stress on the nervous system is what our job is to do here. Absolutely torn through a lot of pregnancies, just not for myself, but I can speak to the conditions and the things that hurt women when they’re pregnant. That’s just yes, it’s great to be able to provide something for them because it’s just it’s nine months that can be somewhat of a rollercoaster ride.

And there’s no population that I would rather honestly be more in touch with and more supportive with than the pregnant population and those that have been pregnant, because we both know the amount of stress that the body goes through before, during and after pregnancy and what persists on in the lives of women. So in the event of a misaligned pelvis, the baby’s natural environment is restricted during development. And so it means that the baby doesn’t have enough room to grow in the pelvis. And so because of these malalignment’s Dr. Roach maybe you want to speak to the idea and why it’s important to keep the pelvis aligned.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:16:41] Before I do that, I just want to mention, because you had a condition here that we need to talk about was carpal tunnel, right? So very often carpal tunnel with pregnancy because of the fluid retention, there’s only a certain amount of space in the carpal tunnel for everything that goes through there, including nerve and vasculature. So if you fill that space up with fluid because you’re retaining fluid, definitely possible that you will have carpal tunnel-like symptoms. The good part with that type of carpal tunnel, typically when the baby’s out carpal tunnel is out. But it is an annoying thing to go through when you’re pregnant. Anything else you want to add to that Ben

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:17:17] To say, I was going to say tarsal tunnel would also be a possibility as well because you’re holding it into the joints of numbness into the feet is also really common and definitely something that has to be explained and can also be treated as well to try and get that inflammation out of the joints, to give you some functionality during the day and some more comfort.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:17:36] And probably a lot of people here, tunable tarsal tunnel. It’s like carpal tunnel for the feet. Same thing, different nerve. Yes. Why is it important to have the pelvis being in alignment? I’m going to bring you down the path of a little story here that if you’re from your sacrum, you’ve got sacral ligaments that extend out to the uterus. By virtue of where they attach, we call them uterosacral ligaments. All right. So basically, they are like guy wires that attach from the sacrum to the uterus. And as the baby is growing those ligaments. All right. Keep everything somewhat in place. Now, imagine that where those ligaments are attaching to the sacrum if the sacrum is tilted and doesn’t move very well.

Then the potential or the potentiality of that uterus being talked is a little higher. So what happens if the sacrum is not well aligned? Then the uterus, sacral ligaments, take the uterus and talk it. There’s a baby in there, so the baby is now forced to move with the uterus and has the potential to become what’s called breach or mal a line or mouth position. OK, so obviously any position other than head down with the back to the left is a position that’s not ideal for a natural delivery. So the potential for intervention, be it forceps, vacuum C-section, goes higher any time something is not ideal.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:19:31] So the seriousness of that sacrum being out of alignment. Potentially is high, right, because it’s what can make or break the hopes of a couple to have a natural birth, so. It’s ideal to see a female prior to her being becoming pregnant, to make that pelvic area work better and move better and be line. Although sometimes we will see somebody come in that Googled something online breech presentation, how to help and chiropractic will come up and here they come at the 11th hour. What are you do next week?

The baby is sidelining, head up, brow facing. And now we’ve got to work with a technique that we call Webster in utero constraint technique to try to shift that pelvis in that round ligament as well, to try to shift that baby by taking the talk out of the uterus, by leveraging the pelvis. So a lot of females don’t know that and a lot of couples don’t know that and unfortunately, have a natural birth go into an intervention after an intervention. And then whatever you had written on your birth statement or your birth plan gets thrown out because things didn’t go the way you wanted them to go. So that’s the story behind the need for the pelvis to be in alignment.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:21:06] And see, that is awesome information because there are a lot of people that don’t know about that. And so our job is to chiropractors to take as much stress off of mom and baby as we can. And so by the time we get the birth, there’s very little stress on the child’s nervous system. We’ve taken all of that, those uterus, sacral ligament stress off of the baby there, off the uterus. And at the same time, when the child is born, we’re limiting the amount of stress that they have to go through to actually have that birth. Limiting the use of forceps, limiting long and stressful labour.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:21:49] Let me clarify. Yeah, exactly. Let me clarify something like we do not turn the baby. What we are doing is realigning the pelvic structure and allowing the tissue, the ligaments in the uterus to take on a different form because of the better structure. Now, that is much different than the maneuver. I forget the name, what they call it, but the maneuverer, the obstetrician use externally to move the baby so they will physically from the external, try to shift the baby, which can sometimes actually called fetal distress.

Right. So now the baby’s heart rate starts to go up and then no one can create premature labour and started things going. So we got to be careful in how we intervene and we want to remove stress from the baby. We don’t want to add stress to the baby. So what we use in order to create that, we’ve got to make sure that it’s not adding stress to the environment, of course. And so for those of you who are learning something new right now, give us a thumbs up.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:22:57] If you didn’t know already that chiropractors removed stress from mom and baby and everyone else, this is what we do, trying to remove the stress from day one all the way until the end.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:23:10] Now, when some of you might be sitting there and saying, well, I’m not pregnant, this doesn’t apply to me. By sharing this video, I guarantee you there’s going to be one or two people that see this eventually by sharing multiple times that they’re going to see this and say, man, I didn’t know this and they might be having a pregnancy from hell. Right. And nothing’s going right. And there’s nothing worse than having a pregnancy from hell and then having to nurture a baby like a day starts the next day like there’s no time off after delivering a baby. Right. And you got a nurse and life starts and you’re in pain.

You can’t get comfortable when you’re nursing. Did you get back then you got to plant that pregnancy and make sure that everything is working properly so that you’re ready for the marathon, which is raising the child after that with no break in between?

Chiropractic & Post-Partum Care

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:23:57] Exactly. And so once you go to your chiropractor and you have everything worked on and you have the pelvis aligned and then you have a beautiful birth, then what happens after that? Chiropractic and postpartum care, and so giving birth is a trauma in itself, and even after having your adjustments done and getting everything the way it is. The birthing process is still very strenuous and stressful on the body. And so you have to have the counterpuncher there. Right away to take care of any sort of neural interferences that may have happened during birth.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:24:42] Yes, one of the things that we mentioned was the relaxing hormone, right, while the relaxing hormone is going to go away after pregnancy. Well, where is the pelvis going to return is going to return to the probably the dysfunctional state that it was in. Prior to the pregnancy and during pregnancy, right, so then people end up with postpartum pain, right. So we got to make sure that as and because we don’t know when the patients come in, sometimes they come in after giving birth and they have pain. That’s why they come in. We don’t have the luxury of preparing things and having them go through a pregnancy. Now we have to work and reverse engineer and get the pelvis so that it’s right. So that. Potentially down the road, there is another pregnancy that goes a lot better, right?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:25:35] Yeah, and definitely and so there are lots of different things that a chiropractor can help with. One of the main points that I wrote down here is the mobilization of the C-section scar. And so ensuring that the scar tissue doesn’t build up and impact the nerves nearby. I know a lot of women who have had this started working with them to try and release that tissue and get that scar tissue to break down. So they’re not experiencing as much pain from that. And a lot of women experience pain in that area years after they’ve had it done. A second point is an intercostal neuralgia.

Again, talking about the ribs in the back, this may persist even after pregnancy. People that aren’t even pregnant have this condition just from sitting at a desk at work all day. That’s when the nerves are irritated around the ribs and they can even wrap around the rib cage to the front. Having that treated by the chiropractor during pregnancy, after pregnancy, big point. And that is definitely true with babies every sideline,

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:26:38] Most of the pregnancy like during the third trimester, because the mom is feeling like she’s being kicked in the ribs like every single day, either by an elbow or the feed with the baby side. Lying is definitely, definitely worse than that. The worse position, meralgia paresthetica. I remember that was the lateral femoral cutaneous nerve I knew was going to come back to haunt you guys if I remember. And that’s the superficial nerve on the side of the hip. Right.

So now the baby’s gone and you still have that burning sensation, numbness on the side of the thigh. What do you do about that? Right. So there’s stuff that we can do as chiropractors to release that nerve. Specifically in the clinic, we’ll do a technique called active release technique to get that nerve freed up and healthy again so that we don’t feel you’ve got like a blowtorch next to your thanks to your hip. Right. Go ahead, Ben.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:27:33] Yeah, and I was just going to say, definitely we would be you know, we would definitely be doing women favour to talk to them about pelvic floor exercises and the importance of strengthening the pelvic floor after giving birth. Oftentimes, women who have a poor pregnancy are poor pelvic floor strength experience. We’ll experience, you know, loss of bladder control. They’ll lose that control there because they don’t have the strength to hold the urine in the bladder. Women that experience this post-pregnancy have a weak pelvic floor. A chiropractor can definitely suggest where to go to get the treatment, as well as provide the treatment should they choose to do so.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:28:25] And if anybody here has ever had a baby before, you know, afterwards, if you’ve got lack of bladder control. Every sneeze is an adventure. So definitely you definitely know the importance of pelvic floor exercises and getting that pelvis back into form. And what else? You know, I always see down the road, obviously, if you’re going to be nursing, which I highly suggest in terms of the benefits of that, you know, you’re going to be nursing four or five, six, seven times a day sitting with your head down, looking at the baby to make sure that it’s watching one of the best ways to do that.

And I encourage all my female patients to do this, and it happened to my wife, too, is to be able to lay on your side to breastfeed as much as you can, whether you’re in debt on the couch. It’s a much more comfortable position for you and the baby. Once you get the hang of it and have the baby latch.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:29:24] You are going to get a burning pain across your shoulder blades that even your chiropractor is going to bang his head against the wall and say, how do we get that to stop? It keeps coming back. And the reason it keeps coming back is that you’re creating a repetitive strain injury every time you breastfeed by having your neck down looking at the baby breastfeeding.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:29:43] Yeah, that’s a great point. And that’s a great Segway as well into why we would also practice diaphragmatic breathing. So that’s breathing through your stomach, breathing through your diaphragm, rather than breathing through your chest and activating further activating the muscles that are really tight, like your traps, for instance, and a lot of your deep neck flexors. And so learning how to take those nice deep breaths with the diaphragm rather than through the chest here, hugely important, especially when you’re getting into trouble with the upper back and the ribs.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:30:19] Oh, yeah. All right.

Physical Activity During Pregnancy 

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:30:23] So there are guidelines, the guidelines in twenty nineteen, there were guidelines released for the physical activity during pregnancy and so believe it or not, and back in the day, it wasn’t recommended and we didn’t know if it was OK for four women to undergo exercise while pregnant. And so what they released in twenty nineteen were these guidelines to help guide women through the safety of exercise. And you’re not having to look back and wonder, oh, maybe I shouldn’t have done this or I shouldn’t do that looking forward.

So it gives us a little more certainty as to can you exercise. And so the guidelines have really shifted in philosophy from behaviours to improve quality of life to a prescription for physical activity to reduce complications and optimize health. OK, I think that’s great. I think the philosophy is cool, but I still believe that exercise plays a paramount role in improving quality of life. And so I still think that’s a big still it should be up there. They shouldn’t say and this is why. The right way to shift from one thing to another. But to have that quality of life component is hugely important because it optimizes your health in other ways that you never even considered to be even there.

When you think that because for nine months you’re going to be holding this child, that you can’t do anything, and now you can exercise, especially when you’re used to doing it before pregnancy. That’s like such a huge morale boost, not just from mental health to right here at home.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:32:04] If you’re not working to be able to go out there and exercise, your mental health is huge, right?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:32:10] Yeah. And so I listed the recommendations here on the PowerPoint and just to read it off, and they recommend a minimum of one hundred and fifty minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week. And so if you’re familiar with the moderate-intensity exercise, it’s like it’s a brisk walk. You should be able to breathe, definitely breathe and talk through a conversation while you’re doing your exercises. You’re not going for a long CrossFit. Yeah. You’re not doing CrossFit or anything like that.

That’s going to overload and stress your nervous system. You want to keep it at an appropriate level. They also recommend that if you were exercising prior to your pregnancy, that you can exercise at that level even while pregnant. Now, if you’re just jumping into exercise as you are pregnant, you should definitely start at a baseline level, at a very low level, because the body’s not used to that extreme stress. Yeah. So physical activity should be accumulated over a minimum of three days is what they say, a minimum of three days. So if you get three days of walking each walk being, whatever, 50 minutes in length, that’s great, right?

Yeah. You should incorporate a variety of different exercises. And so aerobic exercises are like going for a brisk walk or a little bit of a jog resistance exercise using bands or lighter weights, trying activities like yoga and gentle, gentle stretching is also beneficial and they don’t recommend doing a lot of heavy core exercises because of the stretching of the abdomen.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:33:53] You actually get a giant stretch in the middle. It’s called diastasis recti and so the abdomen becomes very weak. So you’re not necessarily doing very much core strengthening at that point. Yeah. The other point is pelvic floor training, so we talked about pelvic floor exercises and so named the Kegels and you can all look up Kegels and I’m sure women who’ve been through pregnancy, I’ve heard Kegels and have been doing them and avoid your physical activity and excessive heat. Remember that the body is not in the greatest position to adapt to large changes. Also, you’re carrying someone new.

The stress of excessive heat or excessive cold is not very great on the body, with no physical contact or any sort of danger of diving. Then I’ve also put a no scuba dive. So for the scuba divers and I know it’s a big topic in the scuba diving community, that some women went diving, they had no complications, but then other women went scuba diving and they did have complications. What they attribute it to is the increases in pressure. The changes and pressure put extra stress on the fetus as it begins to develop and grow. And so you don’t want to do anything that will really change the internal environment to that degree. So I do know you.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:35:18] So I didn’t know any hot yoga. No hot yoga. Yeah, yeah, no hot yoga. According to this, right?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:35:24] Yeah, yeah. Anything that’s going to stress, anything that’s going to overload our stress, the nervous system, because the body is not adaptable and it can’t change its environment quickly. It just it’s it seems like anything that would change the environment or make it hard to adapt is avoided.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:35:43] Yeah. Yeah. Very good, Ben. I didn’t actually didn’t know there were Canadian guidelines for physical activity during pregnancy. I actually didn’t know that.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:35:52] Yeah, so there’s there was a study done and. It was great and so, again, a supplement of the month. This is our last week with the promotion for Serenity at four p.m. and so it helps to keep a healthy sleep schedule and boost all those great hormones. The ones that you’re missing when the body is when it has restrictions or any subluxation are missing all these really happy hormones like serotonin, GABA, melatonin. And so this Cerenity is a really good booster for those and really helps to bring those levels back up to a level where they should be.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:36:27] Had a patient tonight bought a bottle of the third bottle. It’s changed her sleep. She tried magnesium and everything else. She gets a sound sleep with Cerenity PM. We are done tonight. So I think you know what? This is great information. As I said, it may not apply to you right now, but it may apply to somebody that’s watching that could potentially watch this nephew, nieces who are planning on getting pregnant. You don’t have to be pregnant. Now, ideally, we see them before and prepare their pelvis, which you now know is important. And why increase your chances of having a natural pregnancy without any of the complications potentially from. Yeah, from C sections and CCRA vacuum deliveries and forceps and hopefully reducing the risk of that by preparing the pelvis, make sure everything is good.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:37:17] And also reducing time in labour.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:37:21] Yeah, actually,

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:37:22] Yeah, that’s like one of the biggest one of the big points. And like there was a study published. There was a study published saying that those who were treated by a chiropractor having the pelvis aligned had shorter labour times than women who did not. And now there was a certain percentage that they gave. It was pretty high. And I thought it was it was statistically significant.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:37:44] Yeah. And I haven’t I haven’t met a female who wanted their labour time to be more than the first time. So and again, just to touch base on the physical activity as well, like, you got to realize that labour is like a marathon. How many of you would go out and set out to run a marathon without training for it? So physical activity is huge to prepare yourself, you know, so you don’t fatigue everybody fatigued during labour, but you’re actually able to pierce through it and be able to finish the job, so to speak, and give it your all so that there’s no looking back and you need it all there and be able to pull through and have a great birth.

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:38:25] So that’s a beautiful, beautiful point and. I mean, the same thing can be said for a lot of different surgeries, very pretty postop, a lot of preop exercises, preop treatment better prepares you for that surgery and then your post-operative rehab afterwards just gets so much better because you were preparing the body prior to. So the same thing goes in. The same concepts apply to pregnancy.

Dr. Clayton Roach: [00:38:53] So as you all know, guys, the reason we did have the conversation was to help people outside our four walls, doesn’t matter if they’re in another province. And so as much as we can help those people, you can help people that we don’t know by sharing this episode. So please, right now, just take a second and just hit the share button right below. You can do it right now and share this episode to your social networks and maybe in the description, write down, you know, check these guys out on YouTube and, you know, help promote the word, so to speak, about chiropractic and how it may help people in another province somewhere in Canada across the world doesn’t really matter.

That’s the beauty of these Humpday conversations that we’re not selfish enough to think that everybody’s going to come and see us. But if they’re somewhere else, we’re going to see somewhere else and someone else. And they have the ability to get off their Tylenol and not or have a great birth and help with Parkinson’s. And what other topics we talked about Then that I feel Ben and I will feel that we’ve accomplished our goal with these Humpday conversations. Anything you want to add then before we head off?

Dr. Ben Boudreau: [00:40:05] Don’t forget to the importance of nutrition, don’t forget about the importance of nutrition, drinking enough water, spending enough time outside, ensuring that you’re getting enough sun and the importance of spending time with your family and your friends. And so going into this long weekend where everything is seemingly looking great and things are opening up in the future is looking bright. Don’t forget to spend that time with your family and friends and get that health healthy benefit that you need as we head into a new month of August and a long weekend.

Dr Clayton Roach: [00:40:40] Beautiful. So with that, make sure to share the video, make sure to hit us up on YouTube. If you’re not a member of our YouTube channel, we post all these episodes a little easier to find our past episodes versus trying to scroll on the Facebook feed. As you know, you see it once and you never see it again. And you got to look for it a lot easier on our YouTube channel. And we could use a few more subscribers on our YouTube channel as well. So if you’re watching this on you to make sure you hit the subscribe button. So with that, I wish you a great rest of your week. It is Wednesday.

It’s a Humpday conversation with Dr. Ben Boudreau and me, Clayton Roach from Bedford, Nova Scotia in Canada. And looking forward to seeing you guys next week on our thirty-fifth episode. And we will talk soon. Have a great rest of your week myself and see you later. And then. Ciao for now. Take care. Bye-bye. What’s up? Listen, if you like this episode, you’ll probably like the other ones. The chances are pretty good. So here’s what you need to do. You need to like us and follow us on Facebook. Following means, you get notified when these two guys are alive. Next, family, friends. You need to share these episodes because you never know. You might help them because they need this information as well. And guys, if you ever miss an episode, make sure you subscribe to us on YouTube. That way, you can watch the episode