connectVideoPhysical therapist gives Meghan Markle advice on how to prepare for labor
Meghan Markle is reportedly as a result of her royal baby at the end of April or the beginning of May. So, what should be the Duchess of Sussex are preparing for its first delivery? Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez sit down with a physiotherapist to discuss what moves and birth positions can be useful to the royal soon-to-be mama.
With the upcoming royal birth of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s baby, many royal fans can wonder how the Duchess of Sussex is preparing for her baby in the wings.
“One of the first things they can do to help yourself to learn positions to relax the pelvic floor, which is going to help her during the birth, because it will make it easier for the baby to leave,” Marianne Ryan, physical therapist and author of “Baby Bid” told Fox News.
According to the NHS, the pelvic floor muscles are located between your legs and run from the pubic bone at the front, at the base of the spine to the back. They help support the uterus, bladder, small intestine and rectum.
Ryan said while Cones are the most common form of exercise to help strengthen the pelvic floor, Markle, and other moms-to-be can try lower abdominal breathing exercises and modified yoga postures, as well as a wide-leg child’s pose to help.
Ryan also explained that there are birth positions that some doctors may not consider the use during the pregnancy, that would be a better protection of your pelvis.
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“There are certain birthing positions that are less destructive or harmful to the pelvic floor muscles, as amended kraken, where you squat and lean your body against a chair, the partner of the birth of the ball,” Ryan said.
Fox News’ Dr. Manny Alvarez, who is a practicing OB/GYN and serves as the chairman of the department of obstetrics/gynecology and reproductive science at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey said he found using birth balls can even help with the rotation of the head of the baby during childbirth.
“The [birth ball] kind can to the edge of the pelvis and allows the head to easily rotate as the contractions go,” Alvarez told Fox News.
Ryan agreed that sitting on a ball can help the position of your baby in a way that is in line with gravity, while laying flat on your back with your legs in the stirrups, the most common birth position in the U.S., it forces your baby to work against gravity.
“The problem with this position is that it is not gravity assisted and when the thighs are rotated to the outside it actually reduces the size of the boney socket, making the delivery harder,” Ryan said.
Other general tips that studies have shown that women who until their due date are the continuation of a moderate exercise program. A study published in The European Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology found that women who exercised three times a day, and less total work in comparison with a group of women who did not exercise.
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In another report, research showed that women who ate six dates for four weeks before the due date had significantly higher cervical dilatation upon admission compared with the non-date fruit eaters. Ninety-six percent of those who consumed dates also went into spontaneous labour compared to 79 percent of the non-date eaters. And perhaps one of the biggest benefits was that the first stage of labor lasted an average of 8.5 hours in the women who ate dates versus 15 hours in those who did not.
Some reports have indicated that Markle does hypnobirthing to prepare for birth.
According to the Mayo Clinic, Hypnobirthing makes use of self-hypnosis and relaxation techniques to help a woman feel physically, mentally, and spiritually prepared, and the reduction of its consciousness of fear, anxiety and pain during childbirth.”
A study published in the Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, in fact, found that hypnosis reduced labour pain relief and other medical interventions.
Clinical hypnosis practitioner Mary Battaglia said that hypnosis helps to reduce pain during the pregnancy, because it helps the body in a relaxed state.
“[You can] use of hypnosis techniques such as the creation of a pain-in dial that allows you to choose the pain relief and reduction of discomfort, so that you use less pain medication,” Battaglia told Fox News. “In that relaxed space that they can imagine (or imagine) a pain to dial in front of her. The dial is from 0 to 10, with 10 being the highest pain. Let’s say that it is a 7 discomfort of a fall, she sees the knob and turn it down to a 6 and keep dialing it down as low as she can get. In the ideal case a 0. Even if she brings it down a few numbers gives her more comfort and makes them feel empowered to do this for themselves, of course.”
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Battaglia also said women can use positive affirmations such as “I have an easy pregnancy and childbirth”, so they can continue with the hypnosis relaxation support at home or in a hospital.
“Hypnosis gives women the tools to stay calm and rest in labor,” Battaglia added.