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Fetal Malpositions often begin with an imbalance in the mother's pelvis. Often, so does pain in the hips, tailbone, pubic bone, round ligaments and SI joints. Treating the cause of the pain often solves the fetal malposition as well, since then baby can often slip into an improved, or even optimal, fetal position. Try these activities.
Over the years, women have contacted me about pain or significant discomfort somewhere in the pelvis and/or lower back.
Some muscles being loose and other muscles being very tight puts the pelvis off balance.
The relaxing effects of pregnancy hormones along with the added weight and shift in balance causes such an imbalance to flare up in mid or late pregnancy.
Not only painful for you, but sometimes this imbalance means baby can't aim their head evenly into the pelvis.
Babies get into the best position they can with the space they have. An imbalance reduces the amount of space available to the baby. Baby may tilt the head or aim it forward to fit. Baby may have a challenge lining up with a wobbly pelvis.
Addressing pelvic pain may help comfort today and ease the upcoming birth.
Some answers to pelvic pain can be addressed by a variety of modalities and exercises.
Stand evening on your feet
Let your bottom free, "do not tuck your butt" as some recommend.
Let your belly relax and take fuller, "belly breaths"
When you turn, turn with small, baby steps. Don't swing your leg out.
When you sit and stand, use your feet and knees as one, knees and feet hip width apart. Then stand or sit down. Pivot on your buttocks to get your feet into the car. Pivot to get out.
Simple exercises will begin to help the problem.
- Wear a pregnancy belt
- Wear a pregnancy belt when you walk
- Balance your calcium magnesium levels but not with ant-acids
- Sit up on the front of your sitz bones (tuberosities)
- Sit on a firm exercise ball that keeps your hips level or higher than your knees, but not much higher.
- Move in alignment
- Wear a small heel shoe
- Wear a bra a size too big around the rib cage (muscles in the back and your diaphragm effect your pelvis, too)
- Check out the resources lower down on this article
When sitting on a chair, put a small ball, big enough to just grip in your hand without dropping it, in between your knees. Squeeze and release the ball with your knees in rhythm with your breath. Inhale your knees are soft but the ball doesn't fall. Exhale, squeeze the ball. Repeat 5-10 times.
Move the ball between your thighs and repeat the squeeze pattern. Make sure you are sitting on the front of your sitz bones, back lifted, shoulders open. Chin down a bit, back of your head high.
Repeat each meal time after eating or while waiting to be served (Yeah, right!) but not while actually eating. Don't squeeze hard, just firm.
Walk in low heel shoes every day.
The Forward-leaning inversion, standing sacral release and Pelvic Floor (Sidelying) release learned from Carol Phillips, DC have given amazing results and relief and even resolution from pain.
These are good to combine with Chiropractic if desired or if one or the other modality isn't "holding."
Liz Koch's psoas resolution information at www.CoreAwareness.com
Cecile Röst, and her book, Relieving Pelvic Pain During and After Pregnancy, at http://www.rosttherapy.com/index.php?show=pregnancy and on http://www.amazon.com/Relieving-Pelvic-During-After-Pregnancy/dp/0897934806
Katy Bowman at http://www.alignedandwell.com/ Katy wrote about Pregnancy and Pelvic pain at http://www.alignedandwell.com/?p=3838&option=com_wordpress&Itemid=223
Carol Phillips, DC, at http://www.dynamicbodybalancing.com/