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5 appointments every pregnant woman should make

5 appointments every pregnant woman should make

Ah, pregnancy. It certainly is a time of change. Everyone’s experience of pregnancy is different.  For some, it’s filled with aches, pains and anxieties and for other it’s exciting and magical.  In reality, for most women it’s a mix of all of the above.

One thing that is common for all women is pregnancy, childbirth and parenting are easier if you have the opportunity to prepare emotionally, physically and mentally. The good news is there are many professionals out there who are dedicated to helping you feel emotionally, physically and mentally ready for pregnancy, birth and motherhood.  The other good news is that we’ve identified the 5 essential professionals you should book an appointment with right now, and you can find them near you at www.popd.com.au.

So, here are our essential 5:-

1. Birth Education Classes

Birth education classes are designed to prepare you emotionally, mentally and physically for birth.  There are many different types of Birth Education Classes, the most popular of which are Calmbirth or HypnoBirthing.  Whilst they will teach you different things, they will all:

  • Educate you about childbirth so that you feel confident and empowered in your body’s ability to give birth;
  • Provide you with tools to support you during childbirth, such as breathing techniques, visualisations and a positive mindset;
  • Help you understand what choices are available to you during childbirth, so that you are empowered to make informed choices; and
  • Help your birth partner understand how they can best support you during childbirth.  Many couples find attending childbirth education classes together to be a wonderful bonding opportunity.

So what are the benefits of birth education?

  • It significantly reduces the rate of medical intervention during childbirth.  Only 12.8% of our HypnoBirthing mothers require a c-section, opposed to our national average of 33% (this is a reduction in c-sections by 61%, and 73% are first time mums).
  • It significantly reduces the need for pharmacological pain relief, including epidurals
  • It enriches the birthing experience to one that is positive

Most importantly, what do mums have to ay about them:

               “…worth every cent. I had the most beautiful birth and recommend it to everyone.” – Sarah

               “ Amazing for me re breathing and getting in the zone and even more amazing for hubby around understanding birth and his role in supporting me.”

               “It’s about giving you the techniques and tools to be able to stay calm and breathe through labour. Lots of positive affirmations and visualisations – mind over matter type stuff. Super powerful!”

               “I learnt so much and always recommend it to anyone, especially those with fears around birth”

Want to know more? Check out these great blog posts:

https://www.popd.com.au/calmbirth-changing-birth-culture-for-future-generations/

https://www.popd.com.au/curious-about-hypnobirthing-weve-got-all-your-questions-answered/

Search “birth education” + your postcode at www.popd.com.au to find an infant first aid class near you.

2. Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage, ahhhh… even saying the words momentarily relieves your pregnancy aches and pains.  Imagine how you’ll feel after a whole hour of having your pregnant body massaged by a prenatal massage therapist?!

  • Reduced back pain
  • Reduced joint pain
  • Improved circulation
  • Reduced edema
  • Reduced muscle tension and headaches
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Improved oxygenation of soft tissues and muscles
  • Better sleep
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I bet you feel better just reading that list! And what do other pregnant women say?

“Very relaxing and beneficial. Helps those aches and pains.”

“I literally cried when I had this massage from joy!”

Whether you’d prefer a prenatal massage by a physiotherapist, or at a day spa, you can find one near you on www.popd.com.au. Search “massage” + your postcode at www.popd.com.au to find a pregnancy massage near you.

3. Women’s Health Physiotherapists

I’d never heard of a women’s health physio before I got pregnant, but they will quite possibly have the most significant impact on your health during pregnancy and after birth.  Women’s health physios are highly trained and experienced professionals who specialise in musculoskeletal issues associated with pregnancy, birth, post-partum, breastfeeding (and menopause).  They are the angels who will help you with:

  • Pregnancy-related back, neck, rib or hip pain
  • Pregnancy-related back or neck pain
  • Pregnancy-related pelvic girdle pain pelvic instability
  • Pelvis issues such as vaginismus, sexual pain, weak or overactive pelvic floor muscles, prolapse and incontinence
  • Mastitis and blocked ducts
  • Returning to sport and exercise after childbirth

Now you see why they will quite possibly have the most significant impact on your health – both physical and mental – during pregnancy and after birth!

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We recommend visiting a women’s health physio during pregnancy to make sure that your pelvic floor exercises are being done effectively so that your pelvic floor is strong enough to support the additional strains of both pregnancy, and birth.  Having someone to help with the correct exercises and strategies for your pelvic floor has lifelong benefits after labor and delivery. Having a strong pelvic floor can help reduce the chance of incontinence or prolapse after childbirth. While you’re there, we suggest also getting a massage!

Search “physio” + your postcode at www.popd.com.au to find an infant first aid class near you.

4. Maternity Photographers

Although sometimes it feels like it, pregnancy doesn’t last forever!  Before you know it, your beautiful growing bump will be replaced with a beautiful growing baby in your arms.  A fantastic way to keep a record of this beautiful, life changing time is to capture it with a professional maternity photography shoot. Capture the perfect angles of your growing baby in that gorgeous bump, highlight your glowing skin and maybe even rent a gorgeous maternity dress for that extra touch of glamour in your shoot. A professional maternity photographer will have no troubles making you comfortable and getting the best shots of you, bump and perhaps Dad.

Search “maternity photography” + your postcode at www.popd.com.au to find an infant first aid class near you.

5. Infant First Aid Classes

Babies are so incredibly precious and can feel incredibly fragile.  The idea of them becoming ill or having an accident is almost too difficult to contemplate.  As parents, we can feel so helpless.  But illness and accidents are unfortunately part of life and so we highly – and I mean HIGHLY – recommend doing an infant first aid course so that when your precious baby becomes ill or has an accident, you know what to do.

Infant first aid classes will teach you important skills like:

  • How to perform CPR on a baby – you’ll get to practice on a doll and will be surprised at how hard you need to compress the chest
  • How to spot signs of serious illness and how to respond
  • What to do in case of a drowning or near drowning incident
  • What to do if your baby chokes
  • How to respond to injuries

An infant first aid class can really make all of the difference for the health of your precious baby, and we couldn’t recommend doing one more!

Search “first aid” + your postcode at www.popd.com.au to find an infant first aid class near you.

So there’s five amazing services that will help you with pregnancy and beyond.  So what are you waiting for?  Get booking!

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