Is that a loaded question or what? Well its more meant to get you thinking about your current state of mobility before, during and after pregnancy and labour. Everyone says your body will know what to do – which is absolutely true but what if your NOT mobile enough to allow your body to do what it knows how to do?
Our modern sedentary culture sees us sitting for hours on end, never squatting, walking 10,000 steps if we are lucky – do you really think we are prepared for the forces, tension and demands of pushing an 8lb baby through the birth canal? This leaves most of us with tight hips, stiff spines and restricted ranges of motion which in turn provides us with a pelvis that is not near mobile as it used to be or adaptable as it should be to respond to the tension, torsion and load of a baby trying to make its way out to the world.
My first child was born in October 2017 and I can honestly say that if I had not taken Functional Range Conditioning almost 5 years ago with Dr Andreo Spina I would have likely not had the uneventful (except for the ultimate arrival of our gorgeous boy), smooth, naturally progressing, medication free labour and birth. When I took that first FRC course in Toronto, Canada not only did it literally ‘blow my mind’ how much we needed to change the thinking of mobility, movement and rehab but personally also how utterly atrocious my own mobility was. I a chiropractor, athlete was shocked at how little of my ranges of motion I ‘owned’ or had control of and some of the worst culprits being the hips, spine and pelvis. After the course I set out about ‘fixing’ myself one joint at a time – not knowing the profound effect it would have not only on my posture, mobility but on my ultimate ability to give birth.
Giving birth requires full mobility of your hips, spine, pelvis and really most of the body. The spine, pelvis and hips must be able to stretch, move and respond to the tension and pressure of the babies head and body trying to come through the canal and if you have no ability to move, respond or stretch what do you think happens?
My homebirth was everything I wanted it to be and a big part was due to my mobility. The amazing midwifes, my husband and a calm atmosphere didn’t hurt either. I started going into labour around 1pm on a Wednesday and active labour started (4cm) around 7pm and very quickly but progressively gradually increased in strength till it was time to really push. After about 2 hours of pushing and baby moving through the canal he was almost there with a change in position to standing – gravity allowed baby Robert to come free and he was born at 3:12am with around 5 hours active labour and 3-4 mild labour before hand.
People say your lucky which is absolutely true but also I think I was also mobile, calm, in a relaxing environment and had prepared mentally for the task. Don’t get me wrong the pain was intense and definitely was the hardest thing I have done…..and I have done Ironman’s, Ultramarathons and many feats of endurance/pain. I actually said to our midwife – I would do an Ironman Triathlon any day over that – love the fact that you get this amazing thing but Ironman is way easier.
So if your pregnant, wanting to be or post partum ensure you have the right mobility for the task. If you want help with what you can do to change your mobility for pregnancy or labour then get in contact with me at firstname.lastname@example.org cause there is so much you can do and change. If you want to learn more about what we do visit our website at Live Free Wellness or checkout Functional Anatomy Seminars site. Of course being a proud mama here is a pic of our gorgeous mobility baby Robert.