Just as you would not think about endurance until a few days (or even weeks) before the marathon, thinking about your core stability and pelvic balance should be something you do early in pregnancy, and even before. Stability comes before strength, so when preparing for carrying a baby look at your body as if you were looking at a building: Stable foundations are what are needed first.
Pregnancy experts view the pelvis as needing to have three main functions, commonly dubbed the three Ps:
- POWER: Your pelvis needs the force, coordinated perfectly, coming from the muscles in and around your pelvis. These are the ones that are being “trained” in core stability exercises, such as Pilates.
- PASSAGE:The pelvic bones need to be in alignment. Chiropractors can help with this, with core stability adding control and assisting with balancing the pelvis throughout pregnancy. Pelvis position is increasingly important in later pregnancy, and particularly in labour: it’s interesting to note that the space across the pelvis (the “pelvic inlet” or “fossa”) decreases by 2cm when you are lying back (semi-recumbent) compared to standing or squatting.
- PASSENGER: If both of the above are correct, the chances are that your little “passenger” is going to be just fine, position-wise. Baby can turn at any time, right up to and including the first stage of labour, so don’t panic!
Where can you get help to ensure you are stable and strong? A chiropractor who does the Webster Technique is a good place to start, followed by a Pilates instructor who can advise you on the best exercises to do dependent on whether you are pregnant or not. If you have any questions, queries or comments at all, please either post below or, if it is of a personal nature, please email us email@example.com