Pregnant again and scared
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.
Before you expect a problem, read What To Do Now In Pregnancy and The Three Principles. Usually a woman's second labor goes so well. Many times women feel so empowered that I share the mother's joyful surprise and exclaim with her, "Second babies are worth it!"
Yet, careful preparation for subsequent births can be what brings about that empowered feeling.
Look under the Start menu link and hover over In Pregnancy, click, and then hold your cursor over the Daily or Weekly Activities. How often? I'll leave that to you (though, I think the titles may give you a clue).
Spend a portion of each day doing 4-5 activities to increase body balance and flexibilty.
- Rebozo sifting to relax the broad ligament
- Standing (Sacral) Release to release the sacrum and help your pelvis become more mobile
Forward-leaning Inversion to balance your uterine ligaments and adjust your own pelvis with many repetitions of this type of maternal inversion
- Psoas Release, also, walk briskly letting your legs swing forward from your thighs in a good flowing gait to help your psoas get happy
- Pelvic-balancing yoga for pregnant women with "hip-openers," bridge pose, triangle pose of happiness, and more...*
- Symphysis self adjustment*
- Side-lying (pelvic floor) Release
- When baby is active, then do 40 pelvic tilts on hands and knees, especially immediately following a Forward-leaning Inversion
- Crawl around on all-fours for 5 or more minutes a few times a week, picking up toys, washing your floor.*
*Not all of these activities are on this website yet. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.
If you've done the usual Spinning Babies exercises for two weeks and your baby is still breech, transverse, or posterior, seek professional body work help. See a body worker who can help bring you into balance. But continue to do these balancing exercises, too.
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.