Preparing to become a new mom can be a daunting and challenging undertaking.
Not only are mamas prepping for their labour and delivery, the stroller purchase (that’s always a hot topic around here), and then thinking about postpartum care and recovery, but there’s also the reality that bodies change so much – and so quickly! – during pregnancy and postpartum. Knowing what is available to you as a pregnant and postpartum mama and taking advantage of those services can keep you feeling your best throughout your pregnancy and after your baby is born.
One of our favourite mommy bloggers, Random Acts Of Pastel, recently shared her top tips for how she prepared for her baby and it’s a fantastic guide for upcoming moms to be!
It contains a bunch of really helpful tips and resources to help you on your birthing journey. She covers everything from which books she found the most helpful and which cosmetics she relied on, to which exercises she did and even which dog training classes she sent her fur baby to!
West End Mamas
Random Acts Of Pastel (Alyssa offline) enjoyed a wide range of services at West End Mamas to get her ready to bring her little bundle of joy into the world. Her favourites include:
Despite its “crunchy” name, there are no swinging pendulums or getting very sleepy in this class. This class is a fabulous labour prep class that covers all aspects of birth, and how to manage pain in a mindful way, and gives options for your partner to support you through that as well.
Specialised prenatal and postnatal massages that can assist with lower back pain, bloating, stiffness, and general aches and pains.
An important part of any mom to be’s birthing plan should be understand her pelvic floor muscles – after all, in a vaginal birth, that baby is going to come out right through your pelvic floor. Pelvic floor physio can help you relax your pelvic floor for birth, and prepare you to push that baby out, and then help you get everything back together after your baby is born.
They say your best health starts from within, right? Our Naturopaths can give you tailored and customized health plans for your pregnancy, focusing on holistic health practices and a balanced diet.
Acupuncture can be used during pregnancy to help calm the nervous system (did you know that pregnancy and postpartum insomnia is a thing? It is, and it’s treatable!). Acupuncture can also be used for nausea early in pregnancy, and also to help “ripen” the cervix starting at around week 36. This doesn’t put you into labour, but it does help make things more efficient when the time comes. And let’s face it – we all want a more efficient labour.
Pregnancy can cause a lot of changes in your body, resulting in built up tension in your back, shoulders, and hips, and elsewhere. Our Webster-trained Chiropractors can help you feel your very best, and make space in the pelvis so that your baby is locked and loaded in a great position for a better, easier birth.
Would you know what to do if your baby was choking? Our course aims to give parents the tools they need to handle any emergency situation.
Head here to check out the full blog if you’re looking for a great resource on preparing for birth!
The West End Mamas team can help you find the professional for your concerns.