Pregnancy is one of the most demanding events of a woman's life, yet for many women, it is not something they train their bodies for.
Our goal with specific movements is to prepare the pregnant woman for an optimal birthing experience.
We train for marathons, so why not train for birth?
Unfortunately, when it comes to postpartum movement and rehab, little attention is given to it.
Here at Balanced for Life, we have trained in some of the most comprehensive pregnancy and postpartum movement programs, BIRTHFIT™ and Spinning Babies®.
At the foundation of BIRTHFIT™ is a group of range of motions and developmental movements used to enhance the body’s efficiency during pregnancy and postpartum periods. These movements focus on building a stable and dynamic core, diaphragm breathing, and functional movement.
Training for a stable and dynamic core is essential to prepare the body for labour and also in rehabbing the body after a vaginal birth or c-section. Dr Kara Hayes is the only BIRTHFIT™ leader in all of Eastern Australia.
Spinning Babies ® prepares the body for birth by using specific body activities and exercises to help restore body balance and make room for the baby. Babies then put themselves into the best positions possible for childbirth – within the anatomical space available.
Here at Balanced Birth, we are passionate about training and empowering women with movements to enhance their efficiency and balance their bodies during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.
You take about 20,000 breaths a day. So, your diaphragm plays a central role in your everyday life before, during and after pregnancy.
As a baby grows during pregnancy, diaphragmatic breathing becomes restricted, and the muscles around the neck and shoulder blade (accessory breathing muscles) play a bigger role during breathing. This can lead to issues with the neck and shoulder blades during pregnancy.
In addition, training correct diaphragmatic breathing is important for birthing: the diaphragm, together with the abdominal muscles, controls intra-abdominal pressure (IAP). Proper IAP plays an integral role during the pushing stage of labour. (1)