I recently gave birth to an amazing little girl and I wanted to share all of the amazing therapies that I did along the way to make this pregnancy, labor and delivery go so smoothly.
Below are the things that I did :
- Chiropractic Care
- Abdominal Massage
- Nutritional Therapy
I actually started doing acupuncture with my pregnancy for my first daughter for labor induction so when I wanted to get pregnant again I went back and started for fertility. Acupuncture is amazing for stress, sleep, fertility, pregnancy, labor induction and postpartum. Basically, what it does it help balance the energy in the body to promote healing. If you are local, go and visit Ashley at Magnolia Acupuncture, she’s amazing!
I started practicing yoga regularly at Bayou Yoga in 2016 and started out in their Yoga 101 class and now I’ve taken over 250 classes there! It was a great way to move my body and remain strong throughout my pregnancy.
I’ve been a software developer for most of my career which means sitting hunched over at a computer which is NOT great for posture or spine alignment. A few years ago, I had a pretty bad neck pain so I went to see a chiropractor and did a treatment plan with them and started to feel great. I stopped going for a while but when I got pregnant I had heard how wonderful the Webster technique could be for pregnancy. It can help you have a more comfortable pregnancy and easier labor and I was all for that. I did it throughout pregnancy and now continuing it postpartum and it truly did help me have a comfortable pregnancy and easier labor. If you are local, go see Dr. Chelsee at Southern Family Chiropractic, she does an amazing job!
I did pretty regular massages throughout pregnancy and they helped so much. I saw a bunch of different people locally and they were all awesome, see the list below:
Jann at Jann’s Massage Haven
Renata at Earthsavers in Mandeville
Of all of the therapies the abdominal massage was probably my favorite because it allowed me to connect more to the baby. Specifically, I had the Arvigo Techniques of Maya Abdominal Therapy (ATMAT) done by Donna Caire at Regeneration Springs. Here’s how ATMAT is helpful from her website: “ATMAT helps to encourage proper position of the uterus, sufficient blood supply to provide nutrients and oxygen to the uterus/baby and to remove toxins, lymph drainage, better nerve transmission, and relief from digestive upsets and various pains a woman may feel from the growing uterus/baby.” Donna gave me homework to do by massaging my own belly and it was such a lovely thing to do to take that time and really connect to the baby.
I used reiki towards the end of pregnancy to help relieve stress around the baby being well past her due date. I saw Lillian with Awaken Change and she helped so much! I also did her group programs while pregnant and she has been an amazing guide on my own spiritual journey and it has benefitted me in my marriage, career and with my children.
Last, but not least, nourishing my body with real food really helped me have such a smooth pregnancy. I didn’t feel the greatest during my first trimester which is normal, but the 2nd and most of the third trimesters I had amazing energy levels and slept great! My training at the NTA really helped but also a book I love and recommend is Real Food for Pregnancy by Lily Nichols. I also hired a colleague of mine, Sara Russell, who is a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner to help with some digestive issues I had during my second trimester. I did a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis test and she analyzed the results and gave me new supplement recommendations based on those results.
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