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Proper Kegal Excercises & Squats

Here is a video to demonstrate several techniques for proper kegal exercises.  Kegals are an important part of pregnancy and well woman care. Part of proper kegals is to also squat when ever possible to lengthen the muscle as you strengthen it. these two exercises work together. Everyday you should practice a squat position. You can do your kegals throughout the day, and when you are in the squat position.

Videos on Finding your kegal muscles:

Finding the Kegals muscles from proper excercise of pelvic floor

When you squat you will stay in that position for 5 – 15 minutes once a day. Start at 5 minutes and work your way to 10 or 15 minutes.  It should used to stretch the muscles of the pelvis, pelvic floor and low back to aid in keeping the muscles flexible for birth. After pregnancy this position should be done daily to help keep the flexibility of the muscles and lengthen the pelvic floor to aid in strengthening it by kegal exercises.

Picture of a Squat: (can be done leaning against a wall, your partner or sitting on a stack of books or low stool). Elbows help push against the knees.

Co-Sleeping

While western culture discourages it, studies have shown that co-sleeping with a breastfeeding infant promotes bonding, regulates the mother and baby’s sleep patterns, plays a role in helping the mother to become more responsive to her baby’s cues, and gives both the mother and baby needed rest. The co-sleeping environment also assists mothers in the continuation of breastfeeding on demand, an important step in maintaining the mother’s milk supply. 

Co-sleeping promotes physiological regulation.

The proximity of the parent may help the infant’s immature nervous system learn to self-regulate during sleep (Farooqi, 1994; Mitchell, 1997; Mosko, 1996; Nelson, 1996; Skragg, 1996). It may also help prevent SIDS by preventing the infant from entering into sleep states that are too deep. In addition, the parents’ own breathing may help the infant to “remember” to breathe (McKenna, 1990; Mosko, 1996; Richard, 1998). Your baby has been in constant human contact since conception, taking this away “cold turkey” and banishing the baby to a crib in another room can be determimental to a baby whose systems are still immature.

 There are many ways of co-sleeping. Some mothers keep their babies in bed with them all the time. Other mothers set up the crib or bassinet in the mother’s room; their babies are brought to the mother’s bed when they wake. Other mothers sleep with their babies on a mattress in the baby’s room.

 This is a personal decision for every mother. If you decide to co-sleep with your infant, there are some guidelines for doing it effectively and safely.

Parents should not sleep with their babies if they are smokers or have ingested alcohol or drugs. Do not co-sleep if you drink alcohol or medications that make you sleepy, take drugs, or smoke. Co-sleep only on beds, not on couches or recliners. Bedding should be tight fitting to the mattress and the mattress should be tight fitting to the headboard of the bed. There should not be any loose pillows or soft blankets near the baby’s face. There should not be any space between the bed and adjoining wall where the baby could roll and become trapped. And of course, the baby should not be placed on its stomach.

You can use a co-sleeper, such as the Arm’s Reach Co Sleeper, which is made to attach safely to your bed, giving baby a seperate space, but allowing close contact and easy breastfeeding.

Many parents worry abot rolling over on their baby, especially dads. This is not likely to happen, as long as you have not taken drugs or alocohol that would surpress your natural ability to know where you are in the bed. The same mechanism that is responsible for making sure you don’t roll out of bed at night, is the same “awareness” that keeps you from harming your newborn. Other wise we would all be falling out of bed several times a night! Still, you should take precautions. there are specific co-sleeper gagets out on the market that will help ensure safe co-sleeping.

There are as many options as there are parents and babies. As babies grow and changes their sleep patterns, families often respond by changing sleeping spaces. The only right choice is what works to give the whole family as much rest as possible, while keeping baby close at hand.

Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

Chiropractic During Pregnancy:
For Greater Comfort and Safer Births
Chiropractic care is a natural addition to the prenatal care regimen.

 

A large percentage of pregnant women complain of back discomfort and pain, due to the steady growth of the baby and the stresses placed on the body as it adapts to the growth. If the spine and pelvis are already out of balance, then the imbalance is increased as the woman’s body changes.  Discomfort is a common result.

As the baby grows, the uterus enlarges to accommodate the growth. The ligaments that support the uterus provide a supportive suspension for the uterus and the baby, as long as the pelvis remains balanced.  If the pelvis is out of balance, the ligaments become twisted, which constrains the uterus and limits the space for the developing baby.

Specific chiropractic treatment for pregnant women can eliminate the stresses in the spine and restore balance to the pelvis, providing greater comfort and assuring proper uterine space and positioning for the baby.  Women under chiropractic care during pregnancy report shorter and more comfortable labors.

Webster Technique
 The Webster Technique was developed by Dr. Larry Webster to reduce inutero constraint.  The International Chiropractic Pediatric Association or ICPA certifies Doctors of Chiropractic in the technique.  The Webster Technique is a specific chiropractic adjustment that reduces interference to the nervous system, balances pelvic muscles and ligaments, which in turn reduces constraint to the woman’s uterus and allows the baby to get into the best possible position for birth.  Dr. Lopez is certified in this technique.  For more information on this technique please visit the ICPA website at icpa4kids.com

Common Questions
Are there any risks? 
No, not in a healthy pregnancy.  If the pregnancy is considered high risk then there would be a discussion with your primary health professional prior to treatment.  We have never had anything but great things happen when women get adjusted during pregnancy.

Can I start while pregnant if I have never been before?
Absolutely!!!  Pregnancy is a great time to start especially since all of the ligaments supporting the pelvis are loose due to relaxin.

When should I start getting adjusted?
Ideally you’d start immediately.  The sooner you start the more chance you will have of a balanced pelvis during pregnancy and especially during labor!

Team Lopez Chiropractic 15497 Stoneybrook West Parkway Suite 180
Winter Garden, Florida 34787  407-654-9888

Dunstan Baby Language

LEARN THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF NEWBORNS EVERYWHERE

What parent has not felt helpless and frustrated at times to care for their new baby? It does not seem to matter if it is the first baby or the fifth, in the middle of the night an inconsolable screaming baby can reduce the strongest of souls to tears. Often times new parents blow up at each other leaving them feeling at odds, alone, and overwhelmed. Everyone has lots of advice of how to soothe a crying baby, yet few really are able to understand what that crying baby is trying to communicate. Now that ability is available to all parents, thanks to the work and research of Priscilla Dunstan. She has deciphered the secret language of babies everywhere.

The Dunstan Baby Language Program teaches parents and caregivers the messages that are encoded in every infant’s cry. There are 5 sounds that correlate with 5 biological needs every baby has– I’m sleepy; Please, burp me; I am hungry; I have gas pain; and I’m uncomfortable, mom & dad. The ability to quickly and accurately identify a baby’s needs allows for less crying and a more contented, happy baby. When their needs are meet, infants also settle more easily and have more uninterrupted sleep. And as the baby sleeps, so can the parent! YEAH! All of this provides greater parental self-esteem, satisfaction and competence. As one parent expressed it so profoundly, “Before we thought our baby was so unpredictable but she wasn’t unpredictable, we just didn’t know what she wanted. Now that we are able to respond quickly to her needs, she cries very little. We are happy and she is happy…. that is the goal.”

After using and utilizing the Dunstan Baby Language System, fathers concur, “Understanding the needs of my baby has helped me to be a more hands-on father.”  Fathers become more involved in newborn care as they discover they too can accurately understand and respond to their newborn’s cries. 70% fathers reported a decrease in household stress after using the system. 1 in 2 fathers also reported a positive impact on the martial relationship.  The Dunstan format is for ideal joint learning. When mothers and fathers can apply the same skills at the same time, based not on their “parenting style” but on their infant’s needs, a parenting partnership can be truly achieved.

Perhaps the greatest benefit of the Dunstan System is the knowledge that babies are communicating from the moment of birth. Possessing the ability to respond quickly and accurately to the communication contained within the cries provides the infant the security required to trust that their needs will be meet. This profoundly sets the stage for a stronger parent-child bond and more secure, self-confident, happier child.

Michelle Smith-Roebuck, CHt is Certified Dunstan Baby Language Educator. Her commitment to empowering parents and children is embodied in her work as a lactation & childbirth educator, post-partum/birth doula, and mid-wifery birth assistant. For information on classes for parents, please contact Michelle at 407-791-7989 or birtheasebabies@yahoo.com