by Chad T. Johnson
When asked what the most memorable moments in one’s life were, nearly every woman includes the birth of their children. But like everything, these memories may be filled with joy and pride or heartbreak and pain. There are wild cards that can never be anticipated in birth but, for the most part, there is a formula for success as well as for complications. Nobody would try to run a marathon without preparing. Along the same lines, why go into birth, arguably one of the most significant events in a woman’s life, without preparing?
Below are the top five things you should do to prepare for birth:
Take a birth class. Research the various classes and choose one or more that best fit your ideals and approach to life.
Pick your birth team wisely. The birth provider that is right for your friend might not be right for you. Like the class you choose, your birth provider, whether it be a midwife or OB/GYN, should complement your values and birth plan. Not all providers approach birth the same way so make sure to interview several in order to build your ideal team.
Hire a doula. A doula is a person trained to do and say all the right things at the right time during your labor and delivery. A doula is someone both you and your partner want on your team.
Strengthen the integrity of your nervous system. Huh??? This sounds like a lot and could be an entire article unto itself. In short, keep your stress levels down. Keep your emotional stress in check by keeping a positive attitude, go on walks and do yoga. Control chemical stress by eating healthy food. Many people think pregnancy is a time to eat whatever you want. Bad food and sugar place a lot of stress on you and your baby. Lastly, mind your physical stress. This can also be done with yoga and walking, but massage and chiropractic care can be instrumental.
Prepare your pelvis for birth. This is the most important part of birth that is commonly overlooked. Nearly every single adult in America has a pelvis that does not move correctly. Recent studies suggest that sitting is the new smoking. Why is that? Because all of that sitting jams the tailbone into the hip joints causing them not to move properly.
Getting a baby through a pelvis that isn’t working properly makes it much more difficult. The photo of the two pelvises illustrates this perfectly. The top pelvis, which up to 70 percent of women have, is torqued. Ideally, you’d want your pelvis to resemble the one on the bottom.
The good news is that this can be corrected by a chiropractor who is specifically trained in prenatal care called the Webster technique. When your pelvis is balanced, the likelihood of your baby being in the right position goes up and that typically means an easier, more successful delivery. The benefits of chiropractic care during pregnancy go on and on, like shorter and more comfortable labor times, decrease in back labor, decrease in interventions, and an overall report of happier birth experiences. For those who want the best pregnancy and birth possible, proper chiropractic care is a must. To find a chiropractor trained in prenatal care, visit icpa4kids.org.
Chad T. Johnson, DC is the owner of Better Life Family Chiropractic and founder of The Better Life Movement. Discover what hundreds of Spokane families already know and follow him on Facebook at Better Life Spokane or learn more about how he can help with your pediatric, prenatal and family wellness needs at BetterLifeSpokane.com.