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
The "3 Sisters" of Spinning Babies will help you prepare for, and progress through, childbirth. Begin Balance activities in early pregnancy, even before pregnancy, even now!
The goals of our 3 Principles of Spinning Babies are:
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...
A co-venture video experience with Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga! Coming Soon!
Spinning Babies; Daily Essentials For Pregnancy Video.
Together Sarah Longacre, international prenatal yoga instructor and birth doula, and Gail Tully, yours truly, created a unique instructional video for flexibility and comfort in pregnancy and to support better fetal positioning in time for birth.
Here are daily activities for stretching and balancing a pregnant body. Start early in pregnancy to prepare to make the most space for baby's best birth position and the most ease for mother's opening during the birth process.
We begin the program for women of average flexibility (or just plain stiff to start with) and beginner tips. But soon, you'll be ready to move freely! That's when Sarah brings the stretches all together into her easy to follow, playful, sensual, and flowing "Blooma Style" daily routine.
Sarah's "dance of opening," moves joints and ligaments to come alive under the delightful melody and percussions of Carin Vagle. This isn't about core strength; its about freedom of movement and creating space in the body.
Sarah plays along with Gail's little game of "Flashlight" to show pregnant women how to evaluate their own posture and positions. Smart Maternal Positioning helps baby snuggle their backs into the front of the womb for Optimal Fetal Positioning.
The Daily Essentials For Pregnancy includes tips for using Maternal Positioning around the house. Actual scenes in the bedroom, living room -and even the bathroom- gives practical instruction like no other video. You will be sleeping more comfortably immediately when using these tips. Within a week or two many pregnancy discomforts of the pelvis and lower back may be reduced when all these nurturing techniques are integrated into your daily lifestyle. Spinning Babies and Blooma Yoga-- a natural collaborative!
Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class.
Soon pregnant parents around the world can take a Spinning Babies class from their own monitor! Join six couples as they learn the reason why Spinning Babies works and how it can enhance your labor and birth.
See techniques to do daily or weekly. Actual, real consultations with two couples right at our class location, one with a breech baby (head up) and one with a baby in a transverse lie (lying sideways).
Couples do the techniques together and show you how to do these at home.
Used alone or with the Daily Essentials, Spinning Babies Childbirth Preparation Class goes beyond the basics. Simple props show complex concepts sweetly. Little-known anatomy is linked to childbirth and the role of fetal positioning.
The section on labor discusses two labor patterns- the one "promised" in other books and the unexpected one associated with the posterior labor. Learn the common causes of long labor and techniques to help baby through the pelvis.
Be empowered; be prepared. After using this video throughout your pregnancy, while we can't promise, of course, you may not need the tips for labor progress. You can use that knowledge to help your neighbor. This video is all Spinning Babies.
Blooma Yoga Prenatal Yoga for AM and PM.
Warm up in the morning and cool down in the evening in two 30-minute sequences. Sarah Longacre shares her own blossoming pregnancy, Blooma style, to the exquisite music of Carin Vagle. Sarah's affirmations will carry you through labor with emotional strength and encouragement. Play this video when the others become too basic and you just want to dance and have fun. Wait, dance? Isn't this yoga? With Blooma and Carin Vagle, your spirit won't know the difference. Soar to greater freedom of movement. Bring your hormones into harmony with the day. Begin your day with serious play. Cool down at night with a sleep enhancing stretch before bed. This video is all Blooma!
Sarah's video is ready for you now! Get Blooma's AM/PM Yoga here
All three videos are professionally produced by Melissa Koch of Grey Duck Productions, with stills by Tanya Villano Photography, each of these three videos are dynamic on their own. Together they will enhance your pregnancy and labor experience with fun and empowerment in the most practical manner. Feel hope for your birth abilities, this is support for your journey. Gain the confidence and flexibility to fully bloom. I believe these videos carry the potential to bring your best birth dreams into the gentle reality.
Compassionately priced. Estimated Due Date for Daily Essentials March 2014; for Spinning Babies Parent Class, Fall 2014.