Dr. Berglund believes that addressing the following issues during pregnancy is important for his expectant patients:
Chiropractic: In order for the birth canal to have the flexibility it needs to fully open, the pelvic and lumbosacral region needs to be moving well. Studies comparing women who have been adjusted during their pregnancy to those not getting adjusted have shown deliveries to be on average 2-4 hours shorter for those having had their low back/pelvis adjusted throughout their pregnancy.
Thyroid: If the mother was hypothyroid and needed nutritional help with her thyroid before getting pregnant, Dr. Berglund usually recommends that she should continue taking her hypothyroid supplement.
Blood pressure: You'll want to make sure you resting blood pressure is normal, so it may be helpful to have a blood pressure unit at home. Doctor's office readings have a tendency to be higher.
Prenatal vitamins: The growing baby in you has a huge appetite for nutrients. He/she will take what they need and leave you with the rest. Because of this, Dr. Berglund recommends Clinical Nutrients Prenatal vitamins. Unfortunately, the prenatal that is prescribed by most OB-GYNs is not typically in a very bioavailable form. Extra iron will be required because your blood volume will need to dramatically increase. You'll need a good source of calcium to build bone. You'll need zinc for skin and for a healthy immune system. Folic acid deficiencies can cause birth defects. His prenatal vitamin contains a wide spectrum of other vitamins, minerals and herbs that will make for a healthy pregnancy and delivery.
Gestational diabetes: This type of diagnosis does not mean that you are diabetic permanently, but it may be a warning sign. The baby is voraciously consuming your nutrients, and because of that, you do not have the basic nutrients you need, and your body's sugar handling mechanism goes awry. You'll need to watch how much sugar and starches they are consuming. Breads, pasta, and sweets are to be avoided, and sweet fruits (e.g. bananas, grapes, peaches, apricots, plums, dehydrated fruit, etc.) should be limited to one a day. In addition to that, patients with gestational diabetes should be supplemented with biotin, thiamin as well as chromium and vanadium. There may be other nutrients that will help, but those are typically the nutrients that need to be present in good supply.