SQUAT ’TIL BIRTH!

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If you are in good health and there are no complications with your pregnancy, your doctor will probably encourage you to remain active, especially if you were working out before. Exercising during pregnancy will not only make you feel better and fitter, it can also help prepare your body for labor and delivery. And guess what: One of the most beneficial exercises during pregnancy is the squat!

Increase Pelvic floor muscle Strength: If you squat properly, you strengthen the pelvic floor muscles which can lead to easier birth and recovery, preventing prolapse and incontinence.

Prevent Back & Pelvic Pain: Strengthening your gluteus maximus muscles (basically your butt) and engaging your core, helps to decrease lower back and pelvic pain.

Stronger Legs: If you are a Squatgirl, you will definitely have better endurance for any position that engages your legs during birth.

Prepare for Labour: You may want to choose the squat position to cope with contractions in early and late labour, helping the baby to descend deeper down into the pelvis.

A great looking Butt: During pregnancy and after birth, your butt will be firm and round.

To do a squat stand with feet shoulder width apart and slowly lower into a squat position. You should keep your back straight, heels on the floor and your knees shouldn’t protrude in front of your feet. Hold the squat for 10 to 30 seconds. Then slowly stand back up pushing through your heels. Repeat this 3-5 times a day.

Before you begin exercising, remember that it is important to talk to your health care provider. If you have never squatted before, this may not be the good moment to start.

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