You're going to love this squat exercise as a labour challenge! Use your mind to push yourself through the squat just like you will through labour.
One of the questions I often get asked is will my pelvic floor muscles help me get through labour. The answer is yes! and for a couple of reasons.
1.If you have an increased awareness and strength of your pelvic floor muscles which only comes through practice you can learn to turn the muscles on and off. It is really important to be able to switch your pelvic floor muscle off and be able to relax as you’re going through 2nd stage of labour. If you have more awareness of the muscles this becomes easier.
Does your baby bump get in the way of your usual buttock stretch? Here is a great stretch on all fours to do in the later stages of your pregnancy.
1. On your hands and knees, more your left knee away from your arms.
2. Move your right foot in between your left arm and knee. The closer the right foot is to your left hand/elbow the harder the stretch is.
3. Straighten your left leg out behind you.
4. Stay on your hands or if you want a deeper stretch lean down on your elbows.
Can I exercise during my pregnancy?
This is the biggest question I get asked! My answer: Of course you can! Being pregnant and going through labour is a bit like running a marathon, and you would never just do a marathon without preparing, exercising, and having some idea of what you’re getting into. A client of mine was seeing her OBGYN in the later stages of her pregnancy and was asked if she had any other medical issues and she replied with “asthma, but only when exercising.” Her OBGYN looked at her dumbfounded and said “well what do you think you’re about to do? have your inhaler with you during labour!”
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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