Chiropractic Health Tips for New Dads
By Sara Butler
You see a lot of advice for expectant mothers when it comes to caring for themselves before baby gets here and after, but what about dads? Dads play a huge role in the life of a newborn, too, and offer much-needed support to their partners once the baby arrives. It’s a team effort! So, what can new dads do in order to stay healthy and be at their best? Keep reading to find out!
Deal with Stress
When your partner is pregnant it can be a stressful time, and many studies have shown tentative links between high stress levels and an increased risk of preterm labor. To keep that bun in the oven and cooking for as long as possible, you need to keep your stress levels in check, as well as help your partner to keep her stress in check, too.
You can do this by making sure to see your chiropractor regularly throughout the pregnancy – both of you! There’s a lot of evidence that shows regular chiropractic care and an aligned spine can actually help your body to deal more effectively with stress. Regular chiropractic care can also help you to have more energy and improve your digestion. Plus, it’s nice to practice a little self-care in a time full of so many changes.
You know it’s important for your pregnant partner to eat right, but it’s important for you too! You may not be growing a baby inside of you that is dependent on you to nurture it, but when you eat well, then the chances are your partner will, too. Many men end up gaining “sympathy weight” during their partner’s pregnancy, and eating a healthy and balanced diet may just help you to avoid that outcome.
Get Some Exercise Together
A healthy body is going to be your biggest ally to face the challenges ahead, so get regular exercise in order to help encourage your partner to as well. When a woman is pregnant, she often feels fatigued, and backaches are common. Exercise can help with these unpleasant side effects, and it’ll help you to feel better too.
Help Around the House
Household chores can be strenuous, and as your partner’s body grows you should take the opportunity to help out around the house more. This will score you brownie points as well as help to keep your partner safe from household chemical cleaners that may be harmful to the fetus.
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.