Squatting has been used for childbirth since ancient times as it is the natural, instinctive way for women to birth their babies.
However, from Victorian times until the later part of the twentieth century, women in western countries were usually required to deliver their babies lying on their backs, a position which can make birth more difficult.
Women today however, tend to be more fortunate, with better education and a better understanding of the whole birthing process.
Aching backs are very common during pregnancy.
Hormonal changes in pregnancy can loosen the joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. Overstretched abdominal muscles also mean that the spine and back muscles may bear the extra burden.
Try these poses to relieve your achy back...
The word yoga derives from the Sanskrit yuj, which means ‘to join’, ‘yoke’ or ‘coming together’. The practice of yoga is a union of the soul, the mind, the emotions and the physical body. So taking a prenatal yoga class is one of the best things you can do for yourself and your baby when you are pregnant. When yoga is practiced regularly, we develop an understanding of our own nature, our physical bodies become more subtle and strong and balance can be established in all parts of our being. Taking a regular prenatal yoga class will help alleviate some common pregnancy discomforts including;
- Nausea and vomiting
- Leg cramps
- Hip pain
- Varicose veins
- Shortness of breath
- Sciatic pain
- Carpal tunnel syndrome
The class will help to improve your sense of wellbeing and will help prepare you for the hard work of labour.
© Dr Sarah J Buckley 2005 www.sarahjbuckley.com
First published in Australia’s Parents Pregnancy, Autumn 1999, as “Your Hormones are your Helpers” This version updated July 2005
Imagine this. Your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags packed for hospital, and are awaiting the first signs of labour with excitement and a little nervousness .
Meanwhile your cat has been hunting for an out-of-the way place -- your socks drawer or laundry basket -- where she in unlikely to be disturbed. When you notice, you open the wardrobe door, but she moves again. Intrigued, you notice that your observation, even your presence, seems to disturb the whole process. And, wish as you might to get a glimpse into the mysteries of birth before it is your turn, you wake up the next morning to find her washing her four newborn kittens in the linen cupboard.
Why does birth seem so easy to our animal friends when it is so difficult for us? One obvious difference is
|1||Make some home cooked meals and drop them off at your friend’s house for her to freeze and have as needed|
|2||Find out if there is a local play group in the neighbourhood, or a mothers group that your friend could join.|
|3||Next time you visit your friend, toss in a load of washing and do some of her ironing.|
|4||Offer to take care of her older children, to give her a break for a couple of hours.|
|5||Rent out some movies for her to watch at home.|
|6||Call your friend next time you’re heading out to the shops to see if you can get anything for her.|
|7||Plan a ‘mummy shower’ after the birth and suggest gifts like a massage or spa.|
|8||Take her basket of yummy food like fruits cheeses and nuts.|
|9||Remind your friend often that she doesn’t need to be the perfect mum. Perhaps invest in a humorous book or two about motherhood.|
|10||Mother the new mother. Run her a bath, remind her to rest, rub her feet, and paint her nails.|