Tip from Natural Childbirth Exercise Essentials by Rhondda Hartman
During pregnancy, you will be having regular appointments with a doctor. It is important that you know how to make the most of each visit.
Doctors are very busy and will have a short allotment of time for each visit. Studies have shown that the average length of an appointment is 13 to 16 minutes. That gives very little time to get the attention you need.
Also, it has been determined that doctors will interrupt you within 12 to 23 seconds if you are speaking.
So how do you get answers to your questions?
The “Kitchen Sink” can be anything of the right height: a chair back at the office, the desktop in the schoolroom, a window ledge, bathroom sink, countertop, cupboard, dresser, etc.
This exercise can be done each time you go to the sink (or to the chair, at your desk, kitchen counter, etc.). Through frequent practice, you will maintain good posture, give yourself quick relief from pelvic pressure, and you will improve circulation to the lower part of your body.
Standing pelvic rock will improve your posture. Even if you already have great posture, you will need to strengthen your muscles to maintain good posture during a pregnancy. Bad posture will give you a backache. So if you have one, use your pelvic rocks! This exercise will not only prevent backaches, it will also ease an aching back.
If your back is kept straight, it will not ache from the weight of the baby tugging on the muscles and ligaments that connect the uterus to your back.
Not only will leg stretches stimulate circulation in your legs, they will also strengthen your leg muscles and make it easier to carry those extra pounds caused by your growing baby. You may even develop a more shapely leg!
You will be carrying your child for at least a year after he/she is born, so let’s get ready now. If you wear high heels, this exercise will help stretch your Achilles tendon, which may have become shortened over the years.
It is a good idea, pregnant or not, to vary the type of heel you wear.