Childbirth Prep Recommendations from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists

Child birth prep recommendations from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists

Childbirth prep recommendations from Pelvic Floor Physical Therapists
  • See a pelvic floor physical therapist!
    •  Pelvic floor PT’s help during pregnancy to:
      •  learn to relax the pelvic floor (the pelvic floor muscles need to move aside in order to birth a baby)
      • help balance the pelvis to allow baby to spin through the birth canal more optimally
      • resolve and keep away pain during pregnancy
      • teach breathing techniques for aiding in the pushing phase in labor. 
  • Exercise!
    • Exercise is safe during pregnancy (unless there is a medical reason)
    • Keep muscles strong 
    • Stronger heart and blood vessels, better circulation
    • Reduced stress, anxiety, and depression, improved sleep
    • Reduced risk of pre-eclampsia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational diabetes, and cesarean birth
    • Shorter first and second stages of labor, fewer complications
    • Reduced back and pelvic pain, easier adaptation to changing shape and weight gain, and prevention and management of urinary incontinence 
    • And faster recovery after labor!
  • Childbirth education class:
    • Local Snohomish County in person courses:
      •  Inspired Beginnings Birth.  Redefined. 
      • Mama Deer Childbirth Education 
    •  Online:
      •  Evidence Based Birth Childbirth Class 
  • HypnoBirthing training:
    •  What is hypnobirthing? It is a relaxation, breathing, and visualization practice that helps calm your nervous system. Think of it as birth meditation! In the absence of a special medical circumstance, a woman’s body should not be forced to do what it already knows how to do. Womens’ bodies and their babies know how to birth, and this process should be un-impaired. 
    • Local Snohomish County in person courses:
      •  HypnoBirthing by Parent Trust: 
    • Online courses:
      •  Seattle HypnoBirthing Institute 
      • The Positive Birth Company 
      • Hypnobabies: 
    • Books:
      •  HypnoBirthing The Mongan Method 
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