Biomechanics. Movement. Positioning.
When planning a vaginal birth, preparing your physical well-being is VITAL in optimising your experience. We know that no one can guarantee anyone a certain type of birth, but we also know there is so much that can be done to increase the chances.
Marathon runners train their mindsets, they take care of their nutrition, and they learn about the race, but what else does a such a mammoth physical event require? Physical training! Regular & consistent physical work.
So what are three things you can do, to begin optimising physiological birth?
Go and see a pelvic health physio during pregnancy. Work on finding balance in the pelvis, which is especially important if you’ve had a previous birth which involved instrumental delivery / an abdominal birth. It’s also important if you’ve ever had an injury that could have impacted the balance of your pelvis - a fall, ski accident, broken a bone in the lower body, for example.
Exercise. Choose something you enjoy, that keeps you engaged, and feeling good during your pregnancy! Ideally choose something that has mobility in mind, such as yoga / Pilates or fitness. Weight training is fab, but be sure to include stretches too.
Learn about, and practice, upright birth positions. We want to have different positions in our mental toolbox, to use during labour. Find what feels good, understand the benefits, and practice! Now is a good time to tell you about my online Yoga course which is designed to do exactly this. My classes will keep you mobile, relieve aches / tension, and teach you LOADS about positions and movements to use in labour Click the link in my bio to check out membership options