Category Archives: Pregnancy Exercises

Step 12 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: “Kitchen Sink” Pelvic Rock

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.

Step 11 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Standing Pelvic Rock

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.

Standing Pelvic Rock

Step 10 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Another Way to Pelvic Rock, Just for Fun

Since Pelvic Rocking is so vital to your comfort and health during pregnancy I am offering some additional positions. The hands-and-knees position is by far the most effective means of “rocking your pelvis,” so use it whenever possible.

Sitting Pelvic Rock

Though the sitting position is not as effective as the other methods of pelvic rocking, the advantage is that it can be done while you are sitting doing routine tasks.
It will relieve back tension and pelvic pressure.

Another Way to Pelvic Rock, Just for Fun

HOW:

  1. Begin in a tailor sitting position. Roll your pelvis back so that your weight shifts to the base of your spine. You feel as though you have been pushed in the abdomen.

Step 9 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Leg Stretches – Flexing and Extending Ankles and Knees

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.

Step 9 of 12 Exercise Essentials - Leg Stretches

Step 8 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Leg Exercises Will Make a Difference

The following exercise and any leg exercises are offered to improve and maintain circulation of the lower extremities. Use them faithfully and you may have no problems with varicose veins. Leg elevation is also a way of increasing the circulation in the lower part of your body.

One easy way to elevate your lower body is by raising the foot of your bed with three or four bricks. You may find that you are more rested in the morning and have lost that “woody” feeling in your legs. See if you like it.

Step 5 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Relaxation, Part 2

Get Ready for Loose and Limp!

Now, assume the classic position and get yourself as comfortable and relaxed as you can. If you then have your husband/coach read the poem I’ve written, you should be able to relax even more. You’ll soon observe how you respond to different words and phrases and begin to think creatively about what other words or routines might be better for you. You may prefer to use a “total body” idea of relaxing and not go to the progressive method that I use. Perhaps you will do best with “pleasant thought” or meditative relaxing.

Step 5 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Relaxation, Part 1

The meaning of the word “relaxation” as used in Natural Childbirth may be very different from your past experience. It is a skill that you will find useful for the rest of your life. Nothing is needed more in our stress-filled lives than learning to relax.

Here is what the word means to me and to you, from now on.

Relaxation takes mental activity to keep you physically inactive. In other words, you work hard with your mind to keep your body still and quiet! It is very different from sleep, when our minds probably fall asleep before our bodies relax. Relaxing takes mental discipline, especially while the uterus is in hard contraction.

Step 4 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Opening the “Baby Door” – Squatting

HOW TO SQUAT AND WHY

The squat is the position you will assume to give birth. It opens the “baby door.” The pelvis is pulled as wide open as it can get. So get busy and limber up those squatting muscles! The wider apart you hold your legs during the pushing stage of labor, the sooner the baby can be born.

Squatting is healthy because it develops better circulation in the perineal area, which leads to better muscle tone and healthier tissue. One of the benefits post birth is that your tissues are healthy from the increased attention to them. After the typical stretching that childbirth creates, your tissues will more quickly resume their normal state.

Step 3 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Pelvic Rock for the Rest of your Life

This exercise could be the most important addition to your well being that you have ever learned! It is important to you now during your pregnancy and your birth, but it is just as important for the rest of your life.

Your uterus becomes heavier and heavier with pregnancy, and standing upright causes it to push lower and more tightly into your pelvis. The pressure and the weight cause you to “give in” to the uterus, letting it fall forward and sway your back. Backache and pressure pains are the result.

Step 2 of 12 Essentials for Natural Childbirth: Not an Exercise, Just a Comfortable Way to Sit

Most of our postures are designed to be used around the home in your everyday activities. Many can be done anywhere you work, but all can easily be fit into your life if you work at your house all day. Some are to be used for your pregnancy and some prepare you for labor. However, many are to be maintained for the rest of your life.

Let’s begin with our first “exercise” — tailor sitting, an exercise that will add to your comfort as your belly gets bigger.

Tailor Sit

Why stand when you can sit? And when you sit, tailor sit!