Pregnancy and Birth Preparation

Pregnancy takes so many shapes and varies between person and number of pregnancies. I often see women in their first trimester due to debilitating back pain and they are entirely surprised to be experiencing discomfort so early in pregnancy. It is hypothesized that this is due to the hormone, Relaxin, which allows the embryo to implant and the placenta to grow in the early first 10 weeks. There are many other causes to low back pain in the early stages of pregnancy including referred implantation/uterus pain, or ovarian pain especially if hyper-stimulation occurred. Throughout pregnancy, your body needs to become stronger to hold the weight of your growing baby, balance while adjusting your center of gravity, all while maintaining flexibility for the growth to take place. This is challenging to say the least! At the end of pregnancy, waits an intense birthing experience. I hope to support you throughout the growth of pregnancy and prepare you for Baby's Birthday! 

PRENATAL REHABILITATION

  • Pelvic Floor/Diaphragm Training
  • Back Pain
  • Pelvic Pain
  • Hip Pain 
  • Sacroiliac Joint Dysfunction
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Mommy's Thumb (De Quervain's Syndrome)
  • Thoracic Outlet Syndrome
  • Rib Pain (Thoracic Neuralgia)
  • Numbness and Painful Thigh (Meralgia Paresthetica)
  • Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
  • Abdominal Rehabilitation to Treat/ Prevent Diastasis Recti
  • Postural Dysfunctions
  • Therapy for Bed Rest/ Activity Restrictions

Birth Preparation

In preparing for birth, we will review optimal labor and birthing positions, breathing techniques, and other strategies for reducing need for medical interventions including surgical assisted births (if this is your intention). Using manual therapeutic techniques, I will assist with pelvic alignment, pelvic floor mobility, sacral and coccyx mobility (so that your tailbone moves out of the way when baby is born), release of the sacral tuberous ligaments, and openness of the hip and trunk for optimal positioning of your baby. 

This is my favorite exercise for pregnancy. With the spine and pelvis in neutral, inhale, letting your belly and baby expand towards the mat, exhale, pull in your pelvic floor and your lower abdominals lifting baby in and up towards the body.