Birth Fit consists of integrating four main principles to help support you through your pregnancy: Fitness, Nutrition, Mindset, and Connection. The Fitness component uses functional progression exercises, motor patterns, and breathing to help women through their pregnancy journey, labour, and postpartum stage.
Birth Fit isn’t just for athletes who are also pregnant. Birth Fit is beneficial for any expectant mother. This prenatal-geared program leaves women feeling empowered and strong throughout their pregnancy and into motherhood.
Using Birth Fit for an Easier Labour
Giving birth feels like an intense endurance event, sometimes lasting days, combined with maximal intensity muscle contractions (yes, the uterus is a muscle!). A mother’s body is stressed – physically, mentally, and emotionally.
Birth Fit professionals are trained to guide women through prenatal and postpartum rehab using guided functional progression exercises to prepare the body for labour while easing the physical demands of pregnancy, as well as helping to restore any dysfunction that may exist during postpartum.
Birth Fit is helpful with:
- Low back, hip, and pelvis pain
- Diastasis Recti (separation of the abdominal fascia)
- Pubic Symphysis Dysfunction
- Fluid retention
The Importance of Breathing
Birth Fit combines exercises with proper breathing mechanics. Not only is this beneficial in everyday life, but it is also especially helpful in the final stages of pregnancy where there is less space for the lungs and other organs. Breathing techniques are a necessary tool during labour and delivery for painful contractions and assisting the progression into delivery.
Our Birth Fit Chiropractor
Dr. Natalie Leib, DC, is an experienced Chiropractor in orthopedic injuries and postural dysfunction, as well as a variety of prenatal and postpartum complaints, including prenatal specific training in Webster Technique and Birth Fit.
Dr. Leib’s gentle yet effective approach to care is admired by her patients. Natalie found that using chiropractic for each of her pregnancies is an integral component to a smooth labour, delivery, and postpartum recovery.
Natalie has clinic hours at Ohana Wellness Clinic on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.