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Q&A: Exercises for easy birth?

I've heard that Kegel exercises make giving birth easier and less painful. How should I do these? Any other exercises that will help during labor?

Re: I've heard that Kegel exercises make giving birth easier and less painful. How should I do these? Any other exercises that will help during labor?

The Bump Expert

This is actually a common misconception -- Kegel exercises are usually recommended for the postpartum period only. The primary reason for doing them is to improve or maintain pelvic muscle strength, but birth relies on the relaxation of pelvic muscles, not the tightening.

As for exercises that will actually make giving birth easier, it’s a rare woman who says giving birth is easy! It’s hard, demanding work. But staying active during your pregnancy can help. The best exercises are prenatal yoga, walking, and swimming. Make sure you talk with your provider before you start any new exercise program. It is also important to eat nutritious, whole foods and to stay well hydrated. Birth is physically demanding and the healthier you are going into it the better.

Maria Kammerer

Q&A: Exercises for easy birth?

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, I've found that FitPregnancy magazine has a variety of really good exercise and stretching routines.. I've been doing an easy yoga routine the past few weeks from their most recent issue that doesn't seem overboard for this late in pregnancy (37 weeks) to add to the moderate daily walking that I've been doing. Their website has a whole database of info: http://www.fitpregnancy.com/yourpregnancy/prenatal_workout/

smwilliams4 |

Q&A: Exercises for easy birth?

This is the first time I've ever heard anyone say that doing Kegels is recommended only after the birth. I am a FTM, but all the books I've read on childbirth as well as forums, blogs, internet articles, and even my doctor have said that kegels are only of the few things you CAN do to help with birth. It certainly won't make birth any easier, but it does help with the healing process that will come once you've had your baby. Naturally the better in shape your body is before the baby comes, it will make your healing process quicker and easier after the baby. The same goes for your lady parts!

hayleylashea |

Q&A: Exercises for easy birth?

I love how if you look at the "Q&A: Exercises for easy labor?" it says the exact opposite. Could we get a little consistency with our answers?

jenn43 |