Somatic Movement & Bodywork for Pre-Natal Care 

Written by Daphne

Daphne is a registered yoga therapist, movement educator, bodyworker, and a specialist in somatic therapy.

June 9, 2022

Somatic Movement & Bodywork for Pre-Natal Care 🤰🏻

From the moment of conception, a mother begins to navigate through relational changes in the body and the nervous system. The mother and the baby are now working together to adapt to these changes physiologically, psychologically, and spiritually, through the 40-week sojourn from conception to birth.

As the shape of the pelvis accommodates to the development of the baby, the spine is taking on more load.

The intra-abdominal space changes relative to the diaphragm and the pelvic floor.

Pregnant mothers often experience discomfort in the lower back, groin and pelvic girdle strain, as well as reflux, heart burn and even difficulty in breathing, especially as the pregnancy draws closer to the third trimester.

Somatic therapy uses gentle touch as well as breath, movement, therapeutic conditioning for pelvic health.

Somatic practices not only alleviates discomfort, but also helps mothers to connect more deeply with their baby.

Through sensing, feeling, and honing our sensory awareness, somatic work informs and empowers mothers to create a dynamic relationship with the changing body and the development of the baby. It also reduces physical and mental stress through down regulation of the nervous system to promote healthy gestation.

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