photo_pregnancy_exercise_2[1]This is the third and final part of a series of 3 articles on how alignment affects you and your baby.

 

If you missed the previous articles, click here to read them:

 

Part 1 – How Alignment Affects Your Ability to Give Birth Naturally

Part 2 – How Alignment Affects YOUR Baby’s Development and Gait Patterns

 

Today, I’m talking about How Alignment Affects Your Baby’s Ability to Move From a Breech to an Engaged Position.

 

It’s an interesting topic and one that’s not covered in much detail at antenatal education classes.

 

If you’re close to term and need to move baby from a breech to engaged position – you’ll want to keep reading….!

 

WHAT INHIBITS YOUR BABY’S ABILITY TO MOVE FROM A BREECH TO ENGAGED POSITION?

Excessive sitting

When you sit down, 9 times out of 10, chances are, it’ll be in a relaxed, ‘not really thinking about your posture at all’ sort of way. If you do a job where you’re seated for 7-8 hours each day; you drive or take public transport to work; you come home and sit down to eat dinner or watch tv; and you’re pregnant, then I’ll be honest with you here and say, that’s a LOT of sitting! We are not built to do this as human machines, we’re put on the earth to walk around and move, and excessive sitting in poor postural alignment (with your tailbone tucked under) does a great job of tightening your pelvic floor, but it also provides limited amount of room for your baby to indeed move from head up to head down.

 

Tight hip flexor muscles Prenatal-82

These muscles are very tight and stressed in a lot of people (not just pregnant women). Why? See above! If you’ve spent more of your life with your hips and knees in flexion, your body simply adapts to this ‘chair-shaped’ position. Stretching out your hip flexors requires a lot of diligence, patience and focus, but it’s a necessary part of any pregnant person’s exercise repertoire.

 

Standing with pelvis out of alignment

When you’re standing around the water cooler at work, chatting to colleagues, how often do you favour one leg or foot as you’re talking? Possibly quite a lot. Posture is as a result of lots and lots of habit-forming. Do you stand with your tailbone tucked under too? The body is wonderful at finding an easy way of doing something, and it will continue to do this unless: a) you notice you’re doing it, and b) you do something about it. Stand with your feet hip distance apart, bodyweight into the heels, pelvis in neutral and rib cage relaxed down.

 

[magicactionbox id=”6180″]

 

Too little exercise

Sitting, slouching and standing in poor alignment all attribute to your baby’s ability, or lack thereof to move into an engaged position. Not moving around enough means there’s limited loading on your pelvic floor muscles, meaning they’re just not getting worked. Unless you hadn’t realised, it’s your core and your pelvic floor muscles that are used to guide baby out, so having a strong, functioning, flexible pelvic floor is of paramount importance for pregnant women. If you’re not moving around much during the day, get out and go for a walk at lunchtime, go to a pregnancy fitness class where you’ll learn what exercise is safe and effective, or do Pilates to help increase your awareness of posture and it’s link to foetal positioning.

 

For some simple, effective exercises you can do which will get you thinking about your posture at work, rest and play, click here for a downloadable worksheet of movements you can do to help re-align your body.

 

Did you find this topic interesting?

 

If so, get in touch.