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Have you ever thought how giving birth is probably the most physical event a woman (and quite possibly human) can go through?

 

I full heartedly believe birth and labor training should go way beyond just a couple of classes where they show you pictures or a video of what to expect.

 

It’s absolutely great to know these things but how about actually doing something mental and physical to prepare and practice for the act of giving birth.

 

A great example are athletes. They practice, they run through drills, they take time to recover – all for the sake that when it comes down to game time or competition – their mental and physical state is prepared and ready for the task at hand so that they can achieve the most optimal result.

 

I think women should start to look at birth the same way.

 

Even if you have never been the “athletic” type – that is ok! There are still many steps you can take to move well and move often to achieve the same result.

 

And if you are the dedicated athlete, there are many safe and practical ways to still train for birth without sacrificing the intensity of what you are used to.

 

It all comes down to our intent – what is the event you are preparing for and what practices will help you get there safely and efficiently?

 

I’m not saying this is the holy grail – life factors are still in play and even the perfect pregnancy can have a complicated birth.

 

However, doing all that you can to give yourself the best chance for the best outcome with less risk of complications ultimately saves you in the long run.

 

Much of what I offer women through their pregnancy and into postpartum are the tools to prepare for birth. The ability to connect to their breath and body. To make them the most stable and efficient through the curveballs and physical changes that come with pregnancy.

 

This all starts with understanding functionally how humans move. We all learn to move using our breath. If you consider the fact every single one of us came into this world with a breath. That is the first movement we learn as humans. What a better way to take those innate reflexes we once practiced every day for the first 365 days of life and incorporate them into training for pregnancy.

 

Almost all the movements I teach women are noninvasive, low load movements. In doing so, you connect brain to body. All of our movement starts between the coordination of our breath and motor control area of our brain.  We start from the ground up. Much of the process in learning to stabilize our trunk starts on the ground. We learn to go from lying on your back, to rolling to your side, to crawling, to pushing yourself up to eventually become upright and standing on two feet.

 

We will re learn these natural movements as our baby will also do.

 

What a better way to be able to connect with your newborn by experiencing what they will also practice for the first 365 days of life.

 

This is also why the postpartum recovery and rehab phase is so important as well.

 

Now it is time to shift gears and our purpose – we’ve completed the birth and now we must practice the same habits in our new body. We must learn to adapt into our new skin.

 

You will forever be in your fourth trimester. Postpartum is forever.

 

We must not put pressure on ourselves “to get to our pre-baby body.” The goal isn’t to go backward, but to move forward and accept the fact that your body ultimately will never be the “same”. Let’s do all that we can to get comfortable in our new skin and perhaps be even more resilient and stronger than you ever were before.

 

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