Pregnancy to Motherhood is one of the most beautiful journeys and there is nothing I love more then to support a Woman during this transition time.
I am a Webster certified chiropractor and I work with Mama's to achieve pelvic alignment, so Mama doesn't have to be in pain during pregnancy and babe can get into the right position and drop down into the pelvic inlet- ready for go time. But once that is completed, so much more goes on before a Woman can get comfortable and relaxed enough to give birth.
Here are a few examples:
Do you feel safe?
Are you feeling scared or anxious?
Do you feel loved?
Are you going through any emotionally conflicts?
Do you still have chores to complete?
Are you well rested?
Are you relaxed?
Do you trust your birth team?
Do you have concerns about your spouse's support?
Is your spouse working away from home?
Do you have another little one at home?
The lighting in your home vs the hospital?
Are you afraid of hospitals?
Do hospital smells, beds, staff...
The inner core muscles, are the most important muscles that must rehabilitated after baby (after baby means 6weeks or 60years)
Have a quick look at the pic...diaphragm, transverse abdominis, pelvic floor and multifidi (small muscles in the back)
To rehab these muscles we must learn how to breathe again....diaphragmatically breathe that is.
Look back to the diaphragmatic breathing blog, as rib cage and pelvic alignment are key with the breathing pattern.
2. Kegels...yes, kegels are still something we should be doing, but not how we have been taught or not taught-but just told it is some mysterious thing we MUST do! A kegel is the exhalation of diaphragmatic breathing....so, it ends up being pretty simple. Inhale with diaphragm, belly, rib cage and into lower back, exhale pull belly to spine (transverse abs engage and belly flattens), now pull belly button upward (pelvic floor lifts and works together with transverse abs).
3. Squats: Squatting for posterior chain, glute streng...
Initially, this title, at least to me seems silly; contentment in Motherhood? Being a Mother has given me so much contentment in my heart and soul. It is the greatest gift and most wonderful pleasure to raise a child and journey through life with them.
The hard part of finding contentment is all the other shit that gets in the way. Am I right? You know, like work, other relationships, bills, societal pressures, to do lists.
This is the hard stuff, managing day to day and finding inner contentment along the way.
We need to let ourselves off the hook, and let other Moms off the hook too. I mean let's drop a few stupid expectations that have been ingrained in us....
1. You must be perfect: Perfect life, perfect house, perfect car, perfect clothes, perfect body, perfect relationship, perfect kids.....I am getting bloody tired just listing it all.
I AM GOING TO LET YOU IN ON A SECRET.....YOU ALREADY ARE IMPERFECT PERFECTION, EXACTLY AS YOU ARE AND IT IS AMAZING!!