Posts Tagged ‘babies’

5 Things To Do Before Becoming Pregnant

by Dr. Jordan Leasure

Deciding to take the plunge into parenthood in itself is a big challenge. But before you do that, pause for a second – or even a month or two. In order to give yourself the best opportunity for a healthy pregnancy and ultimately a healthy baby, here are the top 5 things you need to know and do before trying to hop on the conception train. At North Shore Pro-Active Health we see patients, pre -conception, pre-natal, during pregnancy, post partum and even adjust our smallest patients within 5 minutes of birth!  Pre-conception is a very important time as you can change the DNA of your follicles, which leads to the DNA of your fetus!

1. Schedule a Prenatal Checkup

Schedule an appointment with your chiropractor, midwife, ob/gyn, or family practice physician for a preconception health check. At North Shore Pro-Active Health we will thoroughly analyze your personal medical history, family history, any supplements or medications that you are on, etc. We may recommend consulting your prescribing physician if you’re taking certain medications that might affect your pregnancy.

We will also discuss your weight loss regime; pre-pregnancy diet, exercise, and any other unhealthy habits (like alcohol consumption, smoking, and drug use). You might be advised to dive deeper into your history with our functional medicine model if you have any health conditions like asthma, high blood pressure, or diabetes.  These must be managed before you try to get pregnant. If you have not undergone any health assessment in the last year, your OBGYN may schedule a pelvic exam and a pap smear to identify the presence of any STDs.

2. Consider Genetic Screening

Your doctor should give you genetic carrier screening before you begin conceiving to see if you or your significant other is a carrier for major hereditary diseases such as sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and many others. If both you and your spouse are carriers, then your baby will have a 1 in 4 chance of getting the disease. Meeting with your genetic counselor will help you learn more about the condition and help you sort out your reproductive choices.

3. Go off The Pill

Although at North Shore Pro-Active Health we recommend natural birth control methods, we recognize that many of our clients are on hormonal birth control. Do stop your birth control a few months before you plan to start trying to get pregnant. This allows you sufficient time to really see what your menstrual cycle is like – 25 days? 30 days? – so you can find out when you are ovulating, the period of the month when you are most fertile. If you don’t menstruate even after three months of pill absence, then you should definitely see your Chiropractor.

4. Get Fit

Getting fit is not the same as ‘losing weight’. Being fit and healthy is an excellent way to prepare for conception and childbirth; a healthy body will be able to handle giving birth and minimize the recovery time. So if you are not much of a fitness freak, now is the best time to start looking into different exercises that will work best for you. If an exercise program is not for you, WALK, WALK, WALK. Get a Fitbit, or a smart watch and be consistent!

5. Start Taking the Required Vitamin Supplements

Because our food sources are depleted of vitamins, supplements should be a part of your daily routine already.  When planning to become pregnant you should add methyl folate to your regime. Begin taking this a month before trying to conceive and continue throughout your pregnancy. When consumed correctly, folate might help minimize the risk of spina bifida and other midline deformities in the fetus. Other useful vitamin supplements for moms to be include fish oil, vitamin D3, choline, Iodine, and iron. Our supplement company, Salutogenic Life carries an armory of supplements for women in general, expectant mothers and new mothers who are nursing. You can even find a few that will benefit the little ones including a multi-vitamin, probiotic, fish oil and allergy reliever!

Pregnancy can be an exciting and enjoyable ten months, if you’re prepared for it! If you have questions or concerns please feel free to reach out for a complimentary consultation. If you’re not located in the Chicagoland area please visit the ICPA for a list of pediatric trained chiropractors who can assist with your prenatal and postnatal needs.

Bottoms Up for Babies

by Dr. Jade Dellinger

As a board member of Twice as Nice Mother and Child, Dr. Jade hopes you will join us at this great fundraiser!

Join us for a fun evening at North Shore Distillery with bites, beverages, live music, a 50/50 raffle and silent auction! Go “Bottoms Up for Babies” and sip on specialty spirits for a good cause! Our keynote speaker will be Maggie Morales, the Director of Community Leadership and Investment at The Lake County Community Foundation, one of our current grantors and valued partners. The award-winning spirits from North Shore Distillery can only be found in the Midwest and unlike many other distilleries, they view being a regional craft distillery as a destination—not merely a path to entering the spirits market. You don’t want to miss this! Tickets are $70.00 each and include 2 drink tokens. Upgrade to VIP for $100.00 and get 3 drink tokens, a distillery tour, spirits tasting and a full size bottle of vodka or gin! You must be 21 years of age or older with a valid ID to attend the event. Reserve your tickets today!

All proceeds will support the diaper distribution program at Twice As Nice Mother & Child. As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, our on-site diaper bank and mobile diaper pantry provides over 175,000 free diapers to Lake County families every year. Parenting is challenging, but it can be even more difficult when you lack the necessities. Diapers are a basic need for children, as essential to their health and well-being as food, shelter and a parent’s love. Yet many families struggle to afford diapers and few resources exist to help them.

Diaper need, the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers, affects 1 in 3 families in the U.S. and safety net programs like food stamps and W.I.C. do not cover diapers. There are no state or federal programs to assist families with diaper need, so many families must often choose between buying diapers, paying bills or getting groceries. With more than 48% of the nation’s children under the age of 3 living in poverty level or low-income families, there are approximately 5.4 million children who could use help. We believe that all parents, regardless of income or circumstance, should have enough diapers for their children. Our diaper program helps to fill the gap by providing free diapers so parents can keep their children clean, dry and healthy.

Twice As Nice Mother & Child distributed 200,000 diapers to Lake County families in 2017 and this year we are on track to hit 300,000; however, that does not even come close to meeting the need. Although we give away diapers to those that need them, we purchase 60% of the diapers for our program. With just 11 volunteers and no paid staff, we rely on fundraising events, diaper drives and cash donations to fulfill our mission of ensuring that every child has a sufficient supply of diapers. Donations do more than just put diapers on a shelf in our warehouse—they make a real and lasting impact in the lives of over 2,000 children across 31 zip codes in Lake County. Every dollar raised for “Bottoms Up for Babies” directly supports our diaper distribution program and the most vulnerable residents of Lake County.

Every child deserves to have enough diapers—and every child deserves to be clean, dry and healthy. Your support of this event will help us further our efforts to close the diaper gap in Lake County.

Looking for a way to support our organization and get great exposure for your company? Call us at 224-637-1644 and ask about sponsorship opportunities!