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.
Pregnancy is a great time to prepare to give your baby the best start to life with correct posture and pelvic balance. Preventing common pregnancy ailments and symptoms can go a long way to enhancing the outcomes for birth, bonding, breastfeeding and importantly maternal recovery.
From the hips and lower back often struggling to support the growing belly, internal shoulder rotation during side sleeping, pregnancy presents women with a whole range of challenges.
Our passion is helping mothers understand ways in which they can reduce and eliminate pain during such an important time in not only their lives, but for their babies.
Sleeping with the hips aligned
The first step to maintaining pelvic and hip balance in pregnancy is to get sleeping posture correct. Using a bolster or thick pillow under the knee while side sleeping. This will help keep the hips aligned to prevent much of the pain many women report during pregnancy.
Regular pregnancy treatments can prevent accumulated stress that can affect fetal development and ease of birth. We offer birth preparation & education to help 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. Here are 3 to start:
Pregnancy specific “stability focused” exercise helps maintain balance and prevent injuries and pain before and after birth. The hormones of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding including oxytocin and relaxin, can cause incredible instability in and around the joints and muscles. This means it’s important to maintain strength especially around the hips, gluteal muscles and pelvis, to support the lower back during pregnancy…as well as increase birth recovery rate.
Helping to eliminate waste and toxins that accumulate as the bodily fluids increase, exercise not only keeps a mother stable, but also helps maintain a strong immune system, vital for the demands of pregnancy.
Reducing stress with sufficient and corrective movement, prepares the body for a more efficient labour and birth, particularly for the pelvis and perineum to prevent strain in labour.
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 aggravating lower back pain.
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 uterine muscle vitality, pelvic balance and postural realignment, Myotherapy supports new mothers in giving their baby the best possible start to life.
Swimming for optimal fetal positioning
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.