8 Effective Movements For An Easier Birth

We had the opportunity to meet with colleague and incredible Mom-to-be, Dr Emily McManus. Listen below as we chat about her pregnancy and how its affected her body.

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You can develop great mobility and movement patterns during your pregnancy by repeating these simple movements daily.

These dynamic movements are specific pregnancy modifications and to be performed in conjunction with the Move By Design Joint-to-Joint Mobility exercises.

Mobility is a key requirement for a healthy pregnancy. Increasing mobility now will better prepare your body for your birth experience. The movements in the Prenatal Mobility Video Course are ones which can be used throughout labour to increase your comfort and to give your baby the opportunity to move and engage further for delivery.

Many of these movements also help to strengthen the pelvic floor.

Why is this so important? Find out here.

After filming, we had the opportunity to chat with Dr Emily about her experiences through pregnancy thus far. We wanted all the details on how she’s dealt with her changing movement patterns during pregnancy. Below, hear about what activities she has been able to maintain and the ones she’s needed to modify.

One caveat from this conversation with Emily is that during her entire pregnancy, she has used chiropractic care.

She’s done this because it helps her stay mobile, but more importantly, it helps enhance her body’s function (and that of her growing baby).

The environment for a developing baby is extremely important. When mom is stressed out, stress hormones are communicated to the developing baby.

Chiropractic care can help regulate hormone production and allow for the many transitions your body will go through during pregnancy to occur with ease.

Emily also wanted to communicate some parting advice to all the new and experienced moms reading this article.

Emily’s parting advice:

One thing I forgot to mention was that I squat as much as possible. If I need to do anything low, such as picking something up, I will squat to get it.

Squatting really helps to strengthen the pelvic floor, which will lead to an easier time contracting those muscles during delivery.

My other piece of advice would be to learn about the pelvic floor during pregnancy. You can do that here.

I’ve also had more soft tissue and body work (massage, acupuncture, and pelvic floor Physiotherapist) throughout my pregnancy. I realize most women wouldn’t be prepared to spend so much on body work during pregnancy, but feel it’s been really important for me and my baby.

We want to thank Dr Emily for sharing her experiences with The Powerhouse community.


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Dr Brian Lanoue is a Life By Design Chiropractor, blogger and speaker on achieving extraordinary health. It is Brian’s passion and mission to empower you, your family and your community to live extraordinary lives. Brian co-owns The Powerhouse Chiropractic in beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada with his partner Thea.