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It doesn’t matter whether it is an expectant mother’s first or last pregnancy, she wonders how long the birth will take, whether or not she will have back labor, and if the baby is in a good position. There are many contributing factors, and while some may be out of one’s control, here are four ways to align the body to be ready for labor.  

  1. Use good posture – Sit up straight in a chair or on a ball so the baby can engage in the pelvis in a position that is easier to navigate during labor. When pregnant women spend too much time reclining on the couch, chair or bed, they change the position of the pelvis in a way that their baby gets comfortable with their back toward mom’s back. If this happens, women can have long labors and back labor. 
  2. Move the body with intention – This is more than simply taking a prenatal exercise class. Moms need to learn what position their baby is in, and where the placenta is attached, to use purposeful movement and align the uterus in the pelvis. This will help baby move into an optimal position for birth. Spinning Babies and the Rebozo Technique are great online resources for self-taught purposeful movement. 
  3. Get professional help – Families understand the importance of finding a well-trained midwife or ob-gyn as a primary provider during pregnancy but sometimes forget to use that same scrutiny when searching for additional professional support. Most modalities don’t include comprehensive prenatal trainings as part of the initial education. Highly trained practitioners seek out advanced trainings to specialize in prenatal care, so expectant moms should not be afraid to ask about qualifications when scheduling an initial appointment. Advanced trainings may include the advanced prenatal techniques of Arvigo® therapy, a physical therapist trained in pelvic floor health, or a chiropractor trained in the Webster technique.
  4. Relax – This can be challenging for the expectant mom. The baby will release a protein in the lungs to trigger mom’s brain to start the labor process. This means that mom is not going to be able to control if or when the baby moves into an optimal position or when she will hold her baby in her arms. The best things a mom can do is reduce the hormone cortisol by not stressing about labor, and support the alignment with gravity by completing steps one through three. Try deep breathing by inhaling to the count of four and exhaling to the count of six to calm the mind before sleep or to relax in preparation for birth.  

 

Danica Todd is a certified doula, licensed massage therapist, and advanced Arvigo® practitioner with 15 years of experience collaborating with physical therapists, acupuncturists, chiropractors and midwives. Her practice recently moved to 720 Magnolia Rd., Ste. 15, in Charleston. For more information, call 843-826-0660 or visit DanicaTodd.comCharlestonMassageTherapies.com.​




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4 Things to Do to Be Aligned and Ready for Birth

​by Danica Todd