When I was little I had the most horrible growing pains in my legs and I used to get these atrocious pains in one knee. At about 11 or 12 I over extended as I went over a high jump bar and remember standing bent over in agony as my back seized up. I didn’t really bother mentioning this to anyone and no teacher saw. My mum’s and doctors’ answer to the growing pains was ‘it was normal’ so I really grew up with the view that various aches and pains, even if they stopped me from getting on with every day life were just normal and I just needed to grin and bear it.
Chronic aches and pains made me feel exhausted and weak
From college onwards, I used to visit a chiropractor or osteopath every year in whatever town I was living in. A few sessions would mean I could function again, but I would always have an underlying ache in my back, my knee would often give out, usually at embarrassing moments and gradually the work the osteopath or chiropractor had done would unravel.
I went to weekly pregnancy yoga sessions while I was pregnant with my first and because of wonderful hypnobirthing felt incredibly prepared for birth, no fear just complete confidence. Sadly, all that ended in huge trauma as my baby ‘got stuck’ and I ended up being transported in an ambulance to the hospital for an assisted delivery. Recovery was slow and painful, and I spent the next year wondering what on earth had happened.
Not one to remain uninformed I studied as an antenatal teacher and discovered Spinning Babies and saw all the things my midwives could have done to help my baby move down and make it more likely my home birth was successful. I started to think what if all those issues could actually be prevented. Was there a way to make sure that these muscle and ligament tensions were released?
My body could be strong and pain free
And this is where I discovered Katy Bowman and the wonderful world of alignment and natural movement. Looking back on photos of me pregnant and thinking about my lifestyle then – lots of sitting and slouching in sofas I suddenly realised that these had had a profound impact on my birth.
Work on my alignment ended in successful unassisted vaginal births for my second and third babies. I still have a lot of work to do to undo the years of poor postural habits and lack of movements in my life but inspired by my journey I have spent the last few years learning and studying, observing and teaching to culminate in Pregnancy Elements as a way to prepare your body for birth.
I am now living a life where I feel in control of my body, I understand what it needs and how I need to use it for it to be strong and healthy and pain free. If I have back ache or my knee starts to hurt I have a tool box of exercises I can use to relieve the tension in my muscles and work on regaining my strength.
Life is fun and exciting
My recovery from my births got shorter and easier. My ability to play with and carry my children has grown. I can enjoy life more and have the confidence to try new things and importantly I don’t have an urge to ‘get my body back’. Instead I can see that my body can grow and change and that it can get stronger, more flexible, more balanced and more co-ordinated as I grow older. I have more respect and love for myself and can live a joyful life.
Are you ready to regain your natural versatility and strength, to help your baby move into an optimal position and for you to be fully prepared for birth?
It’s your time!
Time for you to be in control and make the changes you need to.
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Rosie Dhoopun is a mother of three. A Pregnancy & Post-natal Exercise Specialist, Movement Teacher, Massage Therapist, Antenatal Teacher and Pregnancy Coach. She helps women truly understand their bodies by incorporating movement, corrective exercises and lifestyle changes that allow them to feel in control of their body’s, so they can enjoy their pregnancies, have a smoother birth, recover quicker postpartum and embrace the changes motherhood brings.
Rosie runs her classes and workshops in the heart of Suffolk at various venues.
In her spare time Rosie has a dream of circus stardom and can be found chasing a hoola hoop round the garden as she attempts to learn new tricks.