How to prepare your pelvic floor for birth

If you’ve read that you need to be doing kegels to strengthen your pelvic floor ready for birth you may be surprised to hear that kegels (squeeze and release exercise) are not a main feature of my pregnancy movement classes. Your pelvic floor needs to be able to yield so it can carry the added … Continue reading How to prepare your pelvic floor for birth

The relationship between your pelvis and your uterus

Painful periods? Fertility issues? Baby refuses to go into an optimal position? The alignment of your pelvis has a direct influence on your uterus. You have ligaments that attach from your womb to the front, back and sides of your pelvis. As well as your pelvic floor and down into your labia. Your pelvis has … Continue reading The relationship between your pelvis and your uterus

How do you visualise birth?

An essential part of birth preparation is to explore and release your fears and anxieties or ‘paper tigers’ as Pam England refers to them, that may spring up and slow down or even stop your labour. Giving yourself time to sit with these fears, anxieties and worries doesn’t allow them to take hold, instead, sitting … Continue reading How do you visualise birth?

Tongue postion, jaw tension and pelvic health

As part of a whole-body approach when there are pelvic issues jaw tension is part of the rehabilitation work to be done.  The jaw and the pelvis are physiologically linked and the alignment and relaxation of one profoundly affects the other. So releasing tension in the jaw will help as part of birth preparation and … Continue reading Tongue postion, jaw tension and pelvic health

Why kegels are not the best birth prep exercise

During my first pregnancy my pregnancy class teacher was insistent we did our kegels, squeeze, hold, release. I half did them but wasn’t particularly keen – I found them a bit uncomfortable to be honest. But are they essential for preventing sneeze pee and other postpartum incontinence? If you think about it preparing for birth … Continue reading Why kegels are not the best birth prep exercise