In Pregnancy Where to Start
"The Daily Do" in pictures.
Daily balancing activities (First Principle) will help your womb and pelvis be more aligned for the baby. Balancing activities may make your childbirth easier. Wondering how to promote an anterior position, try this. To avoid a posterior or breech position, adding the weekly activities to your routine will help immensely.
You can do these activities one or more times a week to add
- Balance to your body,
- Comfort for your nights, and
- Room for your baby.
The first thing to do - any time - in pregnancy is bring your body into balance. It's not hard. Here are 6 things you can do everyday - today!
Balance, Gravity and Movement
These "3 Sisters" help you prepare for and progress through childbirth. Begin Balance activities in early pregnancy, even before pregnancy, or as soon as you learn about the benefits of balance (now!).
The goals of our 3 Principles of Spinning Babies are:
- Help the baby's chin tuck to get a smaller head circumference
- Help baby rotate themselves so their head is coming down from an optimal angle
- Open the pelvis wider with mother's own positions
- Help make the most room for baby to descend - whether in the ideal position or not
- To reduce the times medical intervention is necessary and let baby make these changes themselves in the room the mother has accomplished with these techniques and more
Using balance, posture and movement in pregnancy enhance baby's starting position for labor. Being more balanced, aligned, and flexible will help your uterus repostion the baby with pre-labor and early labor surges (contractions).
Gravity-friendly maternal posture is the 2nd Principle of Spinning Babies. Here are some Rest Smart suggestions for pregnancy. These postures can also be used in labor. Think of your belly as a hammock and let the baby lie with his or her back settling into the hammock. Don't "tuck your tail." Pass the flashlight test.
Engagement is when the widest part of the baby's presenting part (usually the head) enters the pelvic brim or inlet. A first baby usually engages two weeks before the due date, at 38 weeks gestation.
Baby has to get into the pelvis in order to go through the pelvis. Read more to find out why a baby may not engage, what's normal and what's concerning, and what to do about it.
Pregnant again after having had a long and/or difficult labor? Whether that challenge was clearly due to your first baby's position or you suspect it might have been, this page and this whole web site is for you.
Here is a list of activities for women who have had difficult births before: cesareans, long labors, posterior or asynclitic babies. Women who have pelvic pain (in joints or in the lower back) or discomfort from the baby's movements are also candidates for this "second list." If you've had a breech baby before, these are good daily and weekly activities to promote a head down, anterior baby.
Posterior symptoms in Pregnancy
There are physical symptoms that the baby may not be in an ideal position, as early as 34 weeks of pregnancy. Discomfort may begin even earlier if the mother's ligaments are really tight.
Many people suppose that a pregnant woman will have back pain if her baby is posterior.
Back pain is not a reliable sign that the baby is posterior.
Twins and Spinning Babies
"I am expecting twins, can I use the same Spinning Babies techniques for my pregnancy and labor?"
Yes! The First Principle of Spinning Babies works well with multiples.
If you can, start early. Otherwise, start today! If you begin late in pregnancy, you may need to add professional help to balance uterine ligaments.
Twisting to help patients and clients on a bed or a massage table can eventually twist and tighten the uterine ligaments...