Yesterday we had a great discussion at group prenatal. Jenni and I wanted to pass along more information related to the topics we discussed.
We talked about the importance of helping the pelvic floor stay strong, especially after birth. My favorite information about pelvic floor health, complete with excellent pictures, great descriptions, and helpful exercises, comes from Blandine Calais-Germain. She has two books that I highly recommend, though The Female Pelvis is geared more towards pregnant clients.
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This article, 5 Myths Surrounding Your Pelvic Floor in Pregnancy by Ann Wendel, is helpful as well.
We also talked about things to do to be nice to ourselves in pregnancy, ways to get out of the hustle and bustle and really connect to baby and self. This blog post from Pam England (Birthing From Within) and meditaion from Aviva Romm came to mind so we are passing them along:
Information Frenzy Vs. Awareness Moment, Pam England
The Safe Space Body Awareness meditation, from Aviva Romm, is an exercise from her article on sexual health generally as well as in pregnancy.
“Close your eyes.
Imagine that there is a soft, pink, warm bubble around us, the size of a comfortable room. In this space you are warm and protected. Everything that is said here is confidential and sacred.
Now, take a few deeps breaths. Make your mind and your belly soft. Breathe deeply and slowly, inhaling to the count of 4, imagining your breath bringing a warm, glowing, pink light all the way down into your sacred woman parts. Imagine this soft light bathing your pelvis, all the way down to your pelvic floor. Feel warmth spreading through your lower abdomen. Notice any areas where you feel tight, tense, blocked and use this light to massage them free. Then exhale to the count of 6, letting go of all the tension in your body. Quiet your mind and focus only on the rhythm of your breath and the feeling of your breath moving deeply through your body. Repeat this 8 times. There. Now open your eyes.”
Some people talked about how being pregnant just isn’t what we thought it would be, it’s hard and makes us not feel like ourselves. Again Aviva Romm’s insights to the rescue: read about Depression in Pregnancy
to help stay connected to the process of becoming a mother.
Aviva’s pregnancy book has other great information, exercises, and meditations as well.
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Group prenatal appointments generally happen the first and third Thursdays of each month from 10 to noon. Let us know if you want to attend in place of your individual appointment time. You can attend a group on a week by week basis; topics are determined according to a rotating schedule and the interests and questions of whomever is attending on a given day.