Lazy Daisy offers Pregnancy and Baby classes inspired by movement, massage and relaxation.
For mums-to-be, Daisy Birthing’s unique active birth education is designed to make confident birth 2nd nature, whilst Daisy Baby classes help you understand how to use massage and calming techniques to soothe your new baby.
You probably know that breathing, movement and relaxation all have benefits in both pregnancy and labour, but some of these may surprise you …
During pregnancy, being relaxed helps to keep blood pressure low, encourages the release of endorphins and enables you to physically relax your ligaments, muscles and skeleton.
Relaxation also helps to keep adrenalin levels low. This is essential during labour because adrenalin sends your body into fight or flight, which causes the diversion of blood to the organs essential for survival and therefore away from your uterus. This limits its supply of oxygen, inhibiting the uterine muscle from working effectively and making birthing much more difficult.
Adrenalin also inhibits the production of both oxytocin (your contraction hormone), which can cause labour to stall and of endorphins (your natural pain relieving hormones – 200 times the strength of morphine!).
Movement helps to strengthen key muscles in your body. This helps prepare your body to carry the growing weight of your baby as well as being physically prepared for labour.
During pregnancy movement can be used effectively to influence your baby’s position bringing them into the optimal birth position. In labour, by utilising upright positions and movements which enable your body to engage with gravity, you can encourage dilation of your cervix and help keep your contractions regular so you birth as efficiently as possible.
Breathing oxygenates your blood, which then carries that oxygen to the structures in your body that require it to function effectively. During pregnancy that oxygen is, importantly, carried to the placenta and your baby. During labour, it is important to continue that flow of oxygen to baby, but it’s also essential to oxygenate the key birthing muscle – your uterus. When muscles are well oxygenated they work easily, tire less quickly and feel comfortable!