Many people do not realise that the Technique can be invaluable at the time of pregnancy, childbirth and caring for your baby. The harmful effects of unconscious postural habits are often exacerbated during pregnancy and after childbirth. These postures often result in chronic back pain, neck pain and general fatigue, much of which could be avoided by having Alexander lessons.
As parents we spend a lot of time bending over and lifting children and prams in and out of cars, car boots, we carry them in baby carriers for extended periods. Mothers nursing infants often find themselves slumping to move down toward the baby or hiking their shoulders and straining to keep the baby close to them. All these activities if not performed mindfully will put strain on the body, which will lead to pain or injury. The Alexander Technique is a great way to understand our habits, the way we use ourselves, the way we perform all our activities and to help find support and regain vitality. Even as an Alexander Technique teacher, I've taken lessons throughout my pregnancy and later to help with carrying and lifting and the demands of my new, crazy, busy and wonderful life as a parent. Alexander Technique lessons can transform holding and carrying a child from an exhausting task into a strengthening and enlivening experience.
Baby sling carrier
I carried my son Alex in a sling carrier made out of cloth, the type you wrap up around yourself, I found it easy to use and just good for my general posture. The sling was great for me and my baby, he was supported, his spine allowed to develop without being compressed. The cloth sling didn't pull me over like some slings do, so I was able to maintain a healthy and strong back, allowing my own body to support my baby in a very natural way. You can bring your baby to your lesson if you'd like to see how you can improve your posture and avoid some of the common aches & pains we build over a day of parenting.
How you carry your baby is a very personal decision about what you and your baby like and find comfortable, so trying the baby carrier before buying one is a good idea, so you can try them every 2nd wednesday of the month (Ardfallen House, Douglas) for more info visit www.babywearingireland.ie (photos are thanks to babywearingireland.ie)
if you need some help with choosing a sling here's another useful website: www.socosy.biz