Meet Janet Walker, Osteopathic Manual Practitioner and Restorative Exercise Specialist

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NAME: JANET WALKER
WORKSHOP: TRIMESTER 1 STREAM: ALIGNMENT FOR PREGNANCY, BIRTH & BEYOND

What's the thing about pregnancy and birth that amazes you the most?
That another human being can develop from the union of 2 single cells. It's incredible! I love studying embryology and how the body structures and systems develop. And how intra-uterine life, and birth, affect us. On a physical, emotional and psychosocial level. When I'm treating, I consider all that - parent, baby, and relationship - pre- or post-natally.  

What's your best advice when it comes to pregnancy and alignment?
Aches, pains and the stereotypical 'waddle' may be common, but they're not natural. They're often a sign of an underlying alignment issue; please don't ignore them. Your body is designed to walk and move regularly, even during pregnancy. Lack of natural movement contributes to many prenatal aches and pains. And they can make birthing more difficult. Make an effort to move more!

What's your go-to gift for a friend having a baby?
ME! I'm happy to provide hands-on help for breastfeeding or other newborn concerns. I make some pretty tasty muffins and easy-to-reheat meals too.

What's the thing you wish all new (or expectant) parents knew more about?  
Newborn life. It's not easy transitioning from the womb to the outside world. Lying still and alone is stressful. Empathize. Your baby wants to hang out with you - snuggle on your bare chest, share a bath, or enjoy a gentle massage. And move - walk, dance, sway and rock. It's what they're used to. Take the time to understand their needs. 

What excites you the most about being a presenter at 4 Trimesters first conference?
The diverse group of presenters! It's a unique opportunity to gather knowledge and build a support network. Of course, I'm excited about my part too - sharing how alignment can empower you at any stage.
 

TO ATTEND JANET'S 4T WORKSHOP ON OCTOBER 28, SIGN UP FOR THE CONFERENCE HERE