The Alexander Technique during Pregnancy and Childbirth

The Alexander Technique can help address the many changes a mother must make during pregnancy, through childbirth and into caring for her new baby.

Benefits:

  • cope with the weight of the growing baby,
  • avoid pregnancy complains such as backache, breathlessness and tiredness,
  • recover her fitness and well-being after the birth.

“The Alexander Technique has much to offer women before, during and after childbirth.  Before pregnancy, study of the Technique will enable you to unlearn harmful postural habits while improving balance and coordination.  This will help prepare you for the changes your body will experience in pregnancy.

During pregnancy, your Alexander teacher can teach you how to hold and carry yourself to reduce, if not eliminate, back pain commonly experienced with increased weight in front of the body. The baby’s growth limits your internal space and organs become compressed. Digestive problems and shortness of breath often follow. Learning how to hold and carry yourself differently allows more internal space for both you and the baby. With more breath and mobility, it will be easier for you to stay active. Lessons in the Alexander Technique can enable you to coordinate breathing and strengthen pelvic muscles as you prepare for labor and delivery.

After the birth of your child, you can continue to use what you learn to enable nursing to be more comfortable and to more easily handle the constant lifting and carrying that come with parenthood.” -AmSAT’s benefits page

Bibliography

The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises, Blandine Calais-Germain

The Alexander Technique for Pregnancy and Childbirth, Brita Forsstrom and Mel Hampson

The Alexander Technique Birth Book, Ilana Machover and Angela and Jonathan Drake.

The Origins of Movement: The Embodiment of Early Embryological Development, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen

From Conception to Crawling; Foundations for Developmental Movement, Annie Brook

Exploring Body-Mind Centering: An Anthology of Experience and Method, Gill Wright Miller (Editor), Pat Ethridge (Editor), Kate Tarlow Morgan (Editor)

Seven Recommendations for You & Your Baby, Lenore Grubinger, IDME and Sarah Buttenwieser (http://www.amajoy.net/booklet.html)