Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an emotional journey, and a time of connecting with your baby, that can bring joys and challenges for your body, mind, and heart. Now is a time to take care of yourself. Tend your birth vision, your well-being, and your baby while you prepare for birth.

Where does it hurt?

Pain is information about mis-alignment

Persistent discomfort in pregnancy signals that parts of your body are out of balance. Now that you have a baby growing inside, these muscles, ligaments and bones are stretched and stressed. Pain is a red flag for alignment problems that can lead to a longer, harder birth. Respect information from your body and get help early.

  • Lower back pain
  • Pain in the groin area, the lower belly and anywhere around the belly
  • Aching in the perineum area and the bottom
  • Sciatic nerve pain, in the butt or down the leg
  • Hip pain, including sacroiliac joint in the back, or sides
  • Rib pain
  • No room to breath
  • Pain in your sides
  • Edema, swelling ankles and legs, hands.
  • Shoulder and neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty moving in everyday life without pain
  • Anxiety, tension or depression

What is your baby’s position?

Poor alignment can put baby in a poor starting position
Your baby’s position at the beginning of birth affects the whole progress of your labor. When alignment is imbalanced the baby is more likely to start birth in a poor position. You can help your baby land in an optimal position by tending alignment during your pregnancy from the beginning.

Birth preparation

Poor alignment is a setup for a longer, harder birth
Your baby makes a challenging journey through your pelvis, when she must rotate and come around a deep curve. Not only can the start of labor be difficult, but poor alignment makes it harder for your baby to travel through the snug fit of your pelvis.

Birth is more likely to be slow, to stall, to have irregular patterns of contractions, or to be very painful or complicated. Increase your chances of an easier, shorter birth with alignment movements and bodywork.

How are you feeling?

Time to heal
Pregnancy and birth preparation can be thrilling – or create feelings of great uncertainty. You’re in an emotional time. Prior personal experiences, family or the world around you may be deeply stressful. Your session can include emotional release to help you relax and navigate the ups and downs you’re going through.

Somatic connection
The somatic approach brings you into awareness of your body and mind states, as well as connection with your baby. You can learn practices in mindfulness of movement to help you prepare for birth. In session you can enter into the entwined flow states of your body and your child in utero

An easier start for baby

Birth impacts breastfeeding & more
A difficult pregnancy and birth can affect your developing baby in many ways. Discomfort anywhere in your pelvic region is often mirrored by restrictions on your baby’s body. The intensity of birth pressures can reshape the bones of her head, which then may result in breastfeeding difficulties or colic.

Baby in a better position

Even before my pregnancy, I struggled with chronic pain and have tried many other types of treatment. Craniosacral and myofascial bodywork was the first treatment that helped my body to unlearn tension.

After the first session, my womb felt more centered, shifting the baby into a good position for birth.

– Alyssa

My breech baby spun into place

After feeling very uncomfortable during the start of my third trimester of my second pregnancy, we found out around week 32 that indeed our baby was breech. I worked with my doula and Catherine, practicing the Spinning Babies essential moves and adding in a few myofascial release sessions.

It did the trick! At a 37-week ultrasound the baby had “spun” and was exactly where he needed to be! I was able to have the natural birth experience I wanted and he was in the perfect position.

– Lindsay, Minneapolis

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