Gaining the right amount of weight recommended by your doctor and staying active can go a long way in easing your labor and delivery. There are also some specific exercises that you can do in order to have a smooth labor. This article discusses how to do these exercises which will help you greatly with labor and delivery.
Kegels are the most recommended pelvic floor exercises for smooth labor and delivery. This exercise strengthens your pelvic muscles and improves blood circulation in the pelvis and rectum. Kegels also help you recover faster if you have an episiotomy or tear during your labor.
To do Kegels is really simple and you only need to tighten the muscles around your vagina so as to interrupting your urine. Hold the muscles for 5 seconds and then release. Kegels can be done anywhere without anyone noticing that you are moving your muscles. Squats are also highly beneficial to ease labor.
It is believed that squats are the natural position for giving birth since gravity will assist pushing the baby down with ease. Squats also help strength the leg muscles and open up the birth canal, thus facilitating smooth passage of the baby during delivery. Squats can be easily done in the comfort of your home.
You need to stand upright with your feet apart and holding a bar or any other support such as the back of a chair. Now, lower your body as if you were going to sit. Push your legs and rise to a standing position again.
Sitting in a tailor or cobbler pose is also helpful in assisting during labor. This exercise stretches your hip and groin muscles which is helpful when you are pushing your baby.
It also improves blood circulation in the pelvic region. To do this exercise, support your back against a wall and sit up straight with the soles of your feet touching each other. Stay in this position for as long as you are comfortable and do some mild stretching while sitting in this position.