I am going to go through the steps to follow to give you the best possible chance at having a vaginal delivery.
This is for every pregnant person who craves a vaginal delivery, a birth with or without drugs and wants to avoid a c-section or other interventions at all cost. Some people want or plan c-sections and that works for them. Others have deep desires to have vaginal births. I was one of those people craving a vaginal delivery. As a Pelvic Expert Physical Therapist I have created protocols and programs that have helped many people have the birth of their dreams.
These protocols have been time tested in my clinic for years and I have developed them using clinical expertise along with personal experience gathered from each of my three pregnancies and deliveries. We have had the honor of helping hundreds of women have vaginal deliveries with the protocols and tools we use at our clinic. I am now here to share these, so you too can have the best possible shot at having a vaginal delivery.
There are mental and physical components to prepare for labor and delivery. To think we just show up to a hospital, birth center or stay home for a home birth without adequately preparing or getting the information to prepare for a vaginal delivery may explain why the c-section rate is 30% in the US.
What women and people need to prepare the most for birth?
#1 We see women who are really fit often end up with a c-section. What we find, is high level athletes are just people who exercise daily tend to have very tight and shortened pelvic floors. This makes it extremely difficult for that muscle to stretch. This can explain why some very fit people can’t fit their babies out of their pelvis or can not push their babies out of their pelvis, even though they are extremely fit.
#2 Hypermobile or Flexible People. Why is this? Well your joints become even more flexible during pregnancy and your muscles attempt to provide those joints with stability. If those muscles aren’t very strong or ready for the changes, typically those muscles get tight, become dysfunctional and in the end the pelvic floor ends up in a shortened and contracted position to try and hold the pelvis together. Well you can imagine why that is a problem right? We need the pelvic floor AKA vagina to open and stretch and if we spend 40 weeks plus or minus a few being tight and shortened, there is no way that muscle is going to stretch. And if it does stretch, it may be severely damaged or torn when the baby comes out, which can take months to years of healing or never feel right again until you get pelvic floor physical therapy (which everyone should do anyways after baby).
#3 Any one who experiences stress. Stress is held in the pelvic floor. What that means is unwanted tightness happens and is held in the pelvic floor when stressed. Do this throughout your life or during pregnancy and you will end up with tight and shortened pelvic floor muscles. This is the exact opposite of what we want for childbirth.
#4 Everyone. Tightness in the pelvic floor causes: constipation, urinary incontinence, pelvic organ prolapse, diastasis recti, painful intercourse and much more. This is why every person needs to know where their pelvic floor is for birth and exactly what needs to be done to prepare for birth.
I own Body Motion Physical Therapy and We are a Fertility, Prenatal and Postpartum Specific Physical Therapy Clinic In Edmonds, Washington. We firmly believe that if we can support women through pregnancy we can ease and enhance their recovery and most importantly decrease rates of c-section.
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“How To Have + Prepare For A Vaginal Delivery (even if you have been told your pelvis is too small)”
This video will cover:
1. Changes that happen during pregnancy
2. How to prevent injury during pregnancy in order to be in the best possible shape for birth (fyi this doesn’t mean exercising like crazy)
3. The exact preparation for birth that could make or break your ability to have a successful vaginal delivery
4. How to Prevent Tearing
5. Realistic Postpartum healing times when you prepare for birth
If you are anything like me and have a desire to have a vaginal delivery, you absolutely need these tools.
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