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.
Red Raspberry Leaf otherwise known as rubus ideaus, has been used since the sixth century for medicinal purposes and since the 1940's for western medical practices as a uterine tonic.
What does it do? The common thought is that Raspberry Leaf in the form of tea or tablets can reduce the labour time for pregnant women. It is a uterine tonic and helps tone the uterus in preparation for labour. It may also help with reducing nausea and morning sickness and can promote better circulation (helping with those puffy ankles). Following birth it can also be used to help the uterus shrink back down, boost your immune system and also assist with milk supply.
Who doesn’t want to recover from childbirth quickly?
Pregnancy and childbirth is hard for your body. Knowing you can exercise your pelvic floor muscles from day 1 is a must! Get them working as soon as possible. However, there is one other thing I highly recommend for all my pregnant clients and that is the SRC Recovery Shorts.
Whether you’re having a vaginal delivery or caesarian these shorts are fabulous in giving medical grade compression to your area's that need it the most, either the perineal wound or caesarian wound. This allows you to move around like everything isn't going to fall out, regain your strength and generally recover faster.
It’s a major worry for most pregnant women. Is my baby ok now? and will my baby be ok when they are born? Apart from eating healthily, exercising and not drinking or smoking etc there isn’t much you can do to control if your baby is ok or not. However there are 3 things you can do for yourself which in turn will help your baby:
1. Trust your gut - look after yourself with general exercise, pelvic floor strengthening and healthy eating but most of all trust your instincts.
There has been a lot of talk about "super" women who are giving birth without drugs, gas or epidurals especially on social media from their admiring husbands. And I get it, in the eyes of a man every woman going through labour is a superwoman especially as they feel powerless during this time and want to validate and appreciate their partners for all they are capable of.
However I feel this can have a detrimental effect on pregnant women who are already unsure about what labour will bring, what choices they will make and what criticism they will receive. Pregnant women have pressure on them from every angle but especially from themselves.
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.
What would it be like if you didn’t have pelvic floor muscles? Well for starters your internal organs e.g. bladder, blowel, vagina and uterus would all be on the floor after falling out of your pelvic area. And no one wants that do they? Here is what these all important muscles do for you:
I'm Melanie, a Pelvic Floor Physiotherapist.
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