3 Keys to a Better Pregnancy & Birth

The incredible changes of a women’s body in pregnancy takes enormous adjustments from hormonal activity to increased fluids and pressure that can cause significant strain. Myotherapy encourages the ability to maintain essential balance for a healthy pregnancy and stress free fetal development.

Pregnancy Myotherapy encourages expectant mothers to help give their baby the best start to life with correct posture and pelvic balance. Specific care for the changing needs of a women in pregnancy means it is vital to understand the bio-mechanics of the body to help prevent common pregnancy ailments and conditions.

From the hips and lower back often struggling to support the growing belly, Myotherapy works with a range of symptoms such as anterior pelvic tilt from constant hip flexing to internal shoulder rotation from side sleeping and growing chest weight. Benefits of treatment in pregnancy include vital circulation compromised by added pressure on major veins and arteries especially through the pelvis, affecting the legs.

Regular treatments prevent accumulated stress inhibiting fetal development birth. Birth preparation & education helps prevent unnecessary need for medical interventions that require significant rehabilitation.

There are many things that can be explored to help prevent a stressful pregnancy and birth experience that we encourage women to consider, mentioned below.

3 Keys to a Healthy Pregnancy

Pre-natal Yoga

Yoga for birth helps maintain balance for the growing body to prevent blood stagnation and postural strain. It also has the benefits of increasing essential flexibility for birth while enhancing vital strength and energy often depleted in pregnancy. Helping to eliminate waste and toxins that accumulate as the bodily fluids increase, pre-natal Yoga helps maintain a strong immune system, vital for the demands of pregnancy. Reducing stress and cultivating calm, Yoga prepares the body for a more efficient labour and birth, particularly for the pelvis and perineum to prevent strain in labour. Nina Isabellla from Mamashanti Yoga for Birth teaches many birthing skills in her workshops. She also runs regular classes, retreats and a private clinic for those wanting more one-one focus.

Pre & post-natal treatment

The gravitational shift occurring in fetal development increases the likelihood of lower back pain. Sometimes morning sickness, dizziness and nausea reduces the ability to exercise and keep active, further weakening the integrity of muscles.

Pre-natal treatments maintain balance where blood stagnation occurs because of restricted mobility in the body. Regular treatment can mean the difference between a comfortable, relaxed pregnancy and one more defined by aches and pains.

Myotherapy can also decrease recovery time after giving birth, which often requires great physical endurance akin to athletic performance. Helping restore pelvic balance and postural alignment, Myotherapy supports new mothers in giving their baby the best possible start to life.

Swimming

Swimming offers a safe means of exercising as the water supports weight, decreasing the gravitational stress on the spine and limbs. Enhancing the ability to use oxygen, swimming helps encourage healthy fetal development for lasting benefits after birth.

Being buoyant in water helps baby assume the best position for birth. Swimming also more importantly prevents transverse or breech positioning during pregnancy, thereby lowering the risk of medical interventions during birth.

Now that we have begun your journey towards motherhood, let’s not forget how important the transition through birth is, in giving your baby a healthy start to life! Though life merely begins with birth, it certainly has a lasting impact and imprint on not only the mother and child, but the whole family! Here are 3 Tips for a Better Birth to begin…
3 Keys to a Better Birth
 
Birth education
 
Labour positions have a great deal to do with pain intensity due to the opening of the space within the pelvic bones as well as it’s structure working with gravity. Lying on your back in labour works against gravity, increasing pressure on the sacrum, making birth more difficult. Labour is less stressful when able to move freely in different positions. Find Birth Education workshops in your area, to learn more about how to make birthing easier. Di Diddle’s Birth Education course in Fitzroy offers fantastic insight into how best to navigate natural labour and birth.
 
Natural pain relief
 
Pregnancy is the best time to learn about natural pain management to prevent unnecessary struggle during birth. Using hot showers or a bath (deep water immersion) during labour significantly reduces pain intensity. Having support people apply pressure on points in the lower back can help ease pressure during contractions, along with assuming an upright or forward leaning position.
 
Birth Preparation
 
Stretching and exercising regularly prepares for the endurance and surrender needed to labour as baby descends during birth. Fitness increases  cardiovascular health, to prevent the risk of high blood pressure in labour causing fetal distress.

A healthy (mostly) pain free pregnancy = increased likelihood of a better birth. A better birth = a healthier baby. A heathy baby = A happy stronger new mum. A happy Mum = a happier, healthier baby.

It all starts now. With you! Preparation = Success! As the old saying goes…”If you fail to plan, you plan to fail”. This is where research and learning come in so handy. It’s where a Birth Preference / Wish Manifesto or Vision if you will, becomes what many people call and refer to as a “Birth Plan”.

Many people scoff at the idea of a birth plan…however, many more understand how helpful it can be, come the big day.

Most of all though, it’s Pregnancy (mostly) above all else that prepares a mother for birthing her baby in a healthy way to provide the best start to life possible.

 
Recommended resources:
 
  • Birth with Confidence, Rhea Dempsey
  • Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth
  • Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering, Dr Sarah Buckley
  • A Labour of Love, Gabrielle Targett
  • Down to Earth Birth, Jenny Blyth
  • Birth Bliss Guided Relaxation, Anna Urbanski
  • Undisturbed Birth DVD, Dr Sarah Buckley
I also share my first birth story and birth preparation in the last chapter of our most recent book Moving Beyond Pain available here.