We started our childbirth class a couple weeks ago and have one more class before we’re done. We’ve covered a lot of good information, and even though most of it wasn’t completely new to me, it was good to hear again and nice to hear it from a childbirth educator as opposed to just reading it somewhere.
One of the first things we covered were some exercises that all of us moms could be doing to help prepare our bodies for labor and delivery. I’m a planner and I like being in control, so waiting for labor and all of the unknowns that go with labor make me pretty uneasy. Having a few exercises that I can do on a daily basis definitely make me feel like I have a little more control over the situation, even if that’s not really true 🙂
These are the 2 I try to do every day and I also throw in squatting whenever I have a chance, even if it’s just for a few seconds while I’m sorting laundry or something. We also did these in my prenatal yoga class, so I’ve had a little practice, but the reminder in childbirth class was just what I needed to start doing them at home.
Tailor Sitting, Cobbler's Pose, Butterfly...
Tailor sitting is said to strengthen and stretch muscles in your back, thighs and pelvis. It doesn’t take much work on my part and it’s convenient to do while I’m watching TV or reading a book, so it’s by far the easiest to accomplish daily!! I also like to lean forward every now and then while I’m doing it to help stretch out my hips.
Pelvic Tilt or Angry Cat
Pelvic tilts strengthen the abdominals and uterus and help relieve lower back pain. I try to do these both morning and night, right when I wake up and before I go to bed, because it’s easier to do on the bed without the dogs bugging me. (They bug me when I Tailor Sit, but then my hands are free to shove them away until they get the idea.) They said in class that doing this during labor even can help relieve some discomfort and I was told during yoga that doing this can help calm a squirmy baby at night. So far, I’ve been too lazy to actually try it when she’s moving around at 3AM…