Pregnancy

Meet the Chiropractor!

Meet Dr. Margaret Ready this Saturday, August 22, from 9am-1pm at the mama'hood Denver. Light refreshments provided. Receive half off your initial consultation with the purchase of a yoga membership or punch card.

Dr. Margaret Ready moved to Denver in 2013 after graduating from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in San Jose, California.

In 2011 Dr. Ready travelled to Fiji with Chiropractic students from all over the country to introduce chiropractic to the residents of the capital city of Nadi. It was during this time that Dr. Ready realized her passion for prenatal chiropractic.

Dr. Ready is a member of the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association as well as the Colorado Chiropractic Association. She is certified in Webster Technique and Functional Dry Needling, and utilizes techniques such as Gonstead, Diversified, Activator and Thompson Drop as well as many soft tissue therapies including myofascial release, adhesion release and Functional Dry Needling.

Dancing for Birth with Rachel Snow

Dance Your Baby Out: Belly dance your baby into optimal position for labor and give birth easier!

“Belly dancing, for example, is just one way that certain cultures have devised over time to lower rates of fetal malpositioning during the last three months of pregnancy, or even to change a baby’s position during strong labor.” ~ Ina May Gaskin, Birth Matters

What if I told you there was a simple way you could ensure your baby was in the optimal birthing position by the time you go into labor, and that you could also use this tool to make labor easier? What if I told you this tool could help flip a breech baby before or during the birthing process? Would you believe me if I told you this tool would also make you feel incredibly sexy in the process? Well you might have guessed it by the title, this tool is belly dance!

Why you should dance during pregnancy

Many childbirth educators, midwives, and OB’s recommend belly dancing as a prenatal form of exercise. In my opinion, it is the perfect prenatal form of exercise- low impact, high benefits for mom and baby, and perfectly readies the exact muscles needed to facilitate labor. Here are some of the benefits:

  • Women who dance regularly during pregnancy can expect to have shorter labors and less need for interventions, such as cesareans.
  • Moderate exercise increases placental blood flow and oxygen to baby.
  • Women who practice maintaining a mind-body-spirit connection during pregnancy, have an easier time tuning into their bodies needs during labor.
  • This is one exercise that truly celebrates all shapes of the female form! Positive body image, and feeling sexy in your pregnant form, never hurt no one!
  • The movement in belly dancing emphasize muscle lengthening and expansion (similar to yoga) which is the optimal type of prenatal workout. These movements actually condition muscles needed for childbirth, and when utilized during labor can gently ease baby down birth canal.
  • 1 in 5 babies begins labor in the occiput posterior position (sunny side up). This is when baby is facing the same direction as mom instead of facing towards her back. The problem with this position is the back of the baby’s head is pressing against the spine, causing what is known as back labor. Many women report the intensity of the back labor overwhelms the intensity of the actual contraction. Belly dancing in your last trimester can gently guide baby into the optimal birthing position.

History

Belly dancing during pregnancy isn’t a new ‘fad’- there is an amazingly rich historical significance of this dance for women. Specifically relating to fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth.

It is said that midwives noticed the natural movements women made during labor, and would mimic their moves back to them in an exaggerated, dance like manner, to encourage the natural progression of labor. Women would gather around the laboring mother to be and would performing hip circles, undulations, and figure eights, encouraging her to follow along. The woman in labor would stay on her feet allowing gravity to help her as she moved through the familiar patterns that felt so natural in childbirth, periodically stopping to push gently until the baby finally eased his or her way out.

What many people don’t realize about belly dancing, is this form of dance actually evolved with birthing women, and for birthing women. It’s purpose- to facilitate labor. It is in essence, a birth dance.

During pregnancy you can prepare your mind by taking childbirth education classes, and prepare your body by practicing belly dance movements. Taking Dancing for Birth class combines both of these aspects into one class!

If you are desiring a natural birth, the best thing you can do is arm yourself with practical techniques you can use during labor so you can take charge during your labor, instead of being pulled along like a helpless spectator. Can you envision yourself belly dancing your baby out? After all, it was invented for birth.

Dancing for Birth is now offered at the mama'hood Boulder!

We will have a FREE Dancing for Birth Intro Class on Monday, July 6, 11am. REGISTER HERE.

Maya Abdominal Therapy for the Childbearing Year

Maya abdominal therapy is a profoundly effective massage treatment for many problems, including PMS, menstrual pain and irregularity, infertility, uterine prolapse and urinary incontinence. For pregnant and postpartum moms, it is an invaluable tool.

A woman’s uterus is made to move and be responsive to the changes of our lives. She sits behind the pubic bone, in front of the rectum and leaning slightly over the bladder. She is supported by the pelvic floor muscles and the vaginal wall with space to grow through each menstrual cycle. She is tethered by 4 sets of ligaments, which stretch to accommodate a growing baby. And because of her flexibility, she is fairly easily bumped out of place – by an accident or pelvic injury, habitual one-sided activities, heavy lifting, multiple pregnancies, sedentary lifestyle… just life.

The Mayan people - and many other indigenous cultures around the world - understood this. Their healers believed that if a woman’s center was off center, her entire being was affected. In ancient times, no healing session was complete without abdominal massage, and the people knew to ask for it. Because of this routine maintenance the uterus tended to be more centrally set, making for easier pregnancies and smoother births.

As a midwife, I have included this work in my prenatal appointments for years and I have observed the following results: improved digestion and absorption of nutrients, decreased aches, pains and edema, increased relaxation, better sleep and a deeper sense of connection with baby. Ideal structural alignment in the pelvis, optimal positioning of the baby and the increased flow of oxytocin which the massage encourages all help facilitate a smooth and efficient labor and birth when the time comes. After birth, we use it to re-align the uterus, and help her find a healthy resting place quite quickly. I find it helps tone the pelvic floor, discouraging uterine prolapse and urinary incontinence. After a cesarean delivery, my clients have had fabulous results using these techniques to break up adhesions and reduce scar tissue.

One of my favorite aspects of ATMAT is the emphasis on self-care. During your first session, in addition to a full treatment - which, by the way, just feels like a yummy massage - you will learn to do some parts of the massage for yourself. Practicing your self-care regularly, you can support the proper placement of your womb and your baby within it. You bring newly-oxygenated blood to the belly and support the removal of metabolic waste products, thereby keeping your baby’s home fresh and clean. The self-care massage can also be a lovely way to connect with your baby on a regular basis and a time to focus gratitude and healing after delivery.

I am happy to be offering Maya Abdominal Therapy Sessions at the Mama’hood Boulder. Please contact me for further information and scheduling.

Amy Colo CPM, CMT 303.554.0808 amy.colo@comcast.net www.arvigotherapy.com