The principles of the Alexander Technique can greatly enhance comfort during pregnancy, delivery, and recovery.
A woman’s body is designed to birth and care for a baby, yet if she begins her pregnancy with less than ideal postural patterns, the stress of carrying the extra weight can lead to more discomfort than necessary. Learning to use your self based on your natural design can lessen the often-experienced back pain and greatly enhance the pregnancy experience.
During the birth, if anxiety and fear are dominant, breathing becomes more difficult and letting go in the process more challenging. Learning to un-do patterns of tension prior to birthing aids in staying present and the ability to practice the deep Alexander breathing.
The first days and weeks with a baby can be easier by practicing postural awareness, correct lifting and carrying and including self care along with infant care.
Alexander for Pregnancy and Childbirth, An article by Constance and Amy Likar