what's hot around the web

you asked...

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

Are there exercises I can do that will help prepare me for labor?

Re: Are there exercises I can do that will help prepare me for labor?

The Bump Expert

Yes, just like you can train your body for a marathon, you can train your body for giving birth. The most important conditioning you can do is in your pelvic floor and your hips. Strengthening these areas will help you push the baby out quicker and lead to a speedier recovery.

To strengthen your pelvic floor, try doing kegals every day. Imagine you're drawing your pelvic floor up like an elevator and hold at the top for about 10 seconds, then slowly control the decent as you release the pelvic floor muscles. You can also try quick flicks kegals, which are short, intermittent contractions -- quickly contract and release the pelvic floor muscles 10 times. The pelvic floor muscles, like every other muscle in your body, have slow and fast twitch fibers, so it’s important to strengthen them with different kegal contractions. Slow twitch fibers are endurance muscle fibers, and fast twitch muscle fibers are quick to fatigue.

For greater flexibility, do hip openers in your second trimester: Sit in a butterfly position with the soles of your feet together and your knees open wide in a diamond. Use your elbows to open the hips further and hold for at least 30 to 60 seconds every day.

Tracey Mallett

re: Q: Exercises for labor?

I got a great disk called Yoga for your pregnancy and do it every day. It not only help prepare you for labor, but teaches breathing methods and excersizes that will help during labor - plus a guided meditation. I've been sleeping much better since I started actually using it.

juliea420 |

re: Q: Exercises for labor?

I've been getting crazy lower back pains and I'm only 17 weeks and barely showing still. I didn't have these or headaches with my first baby. Any suggestions on what might help?

HottMama26 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

Juliea420, What was that video?

mdemara99 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

HotMama26-I've been getting headaches, too. My doc told me to take some Tylenol & wash it down with a cup of caffeinated something. He said that a new study says up to 3 servings of caffeine per day are okay (I still avoid it on most days). The caffeine is supposed to restrict the blood vessels in your head & reduce the headaches; working together with the Tylenol it seems to do better than nothing. The other thing I do is call in sick, go back to bed & sleep it off.

jessicaann7 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

I recommend the caffeine. If I have a headache I drink a can of diet coke and it goes away within minutes. Magic.

vegemitegirl |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

prenatal yoga has done wonders for my body. i was having lower back pain and discomfort in my hips, then i started doing prenatal yoga, now all my aches and pains are gone. i'm 33 weeks along and feel great. the breathing and relaxation techniques are awesome prep for labor too.

erinh123 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

HottMama26 -- This may be too late for your need now, but maybe could help someone else out?? Re: your lower back pain, you may have a UTI or one of your lower discs/hip may be out of sinc ("sciatica") due to baby moving and your ligaments softening. If you remotely suspect a UTI, you can get a prescription from your doc, but otherwise, drink LOTS of water and/or cranberry juice to heal yourself. If you do not believe it to be a UTI, or if your doctor confirms that it is not, then I would suggest seeing a chiropractor. Around 15 weeks or so, I had lower back pain (and only that) for a couple of weeks; I assumed it was sciatica, but a test confirmed I had a UTI (regardless of the fact that I didn't have any other symptoms of a "usual" UTI). Around 20 weeks, my lower back/hip hurt so badly that it was difficult to walk. I went to my chiropractor, and he adjusted my lumbar region because it was popped out of place by the baby. Some rest at home -- on my side opposite the pain -- with an ice pack (heat will only add to the inflamation and make it worse) helped tremendously, and I haven't had a problem since.

7.24.2004orbust |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

Prenatal water fitness classes work wonders for back pain. I take them at a community center and it's way less expensive than a yoga class. Being in the water feels great- it takes a lot of the weight and stress off of your joints, and it's nice to get full range of motion. I've also had luck with acupuncture, and alternate sitting/standing at my desk at work.

jcwrmw |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

Pretty interesting coconut oil benefits info is visible in this blog that to it is very Coconut Body Oil nice to visit your site and providing the more interesting info is visible in this blog. I am searching the great technology is visible in this blog and I really satisfied y the nice info is visible in this blog and that to using the nice Coconut Oil Dandruff approach is visible in this blog. Thanks a lot for providing the great info is visible in this blog Coconut Oil Weight Loss

rubinsteinsamuels |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

This website online poker bonuses is providing the interesting info that to designing what is blackjack is also online casino slot games very great and the different casino onlinebonus when compared to the live onlinecasino games other the top10 online casinos websites. I am blue chip casino guide very much impression is casino games slot machines visible in this blog. Thanks a lot virtual bingos for helpful info in this newonline casino website

watson012 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

YOGA AND SPINNING ARE MY 2 FRIENDS DURING PREGNANCY

ba23ba02 |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

Squats. Or you can also go bowling. That's what I did. And my waterbroke automatically the next morning!

pandaco0kie |

Q&A: Exercises to prepare for labor?

We found that my headaches were caused by my prenatles. We changed brands and headaches and nausea are gone.

danawest |