Best exercises to prepare for labor and birth

Do you know the best exercises to do during pregnancy to prepare your body for labor and child birth? Expert nutritionist Del Millers, PhD gives women great examples of stretches and exercises to keep themselves in great shape before giving birth.
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Best exercises to prepare for labor and birth

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There are certain exercises that pregnant women can do to strengthen their bodies and to prepare for labor and delivery. And some of those start with some of the very basic stuff. You know the things you learn in pregnancy classes. The Kegels - contracting and releasing, contracting and releasing the pelvis. Those are all good, because it gives that mother a chance to really focus on preparing for that pushing motion that they need to do for labor. One of all-time favorites with my clients - squats, squats, squats. You've got to do lots of squats. That's very important, because that helps to open up the hips and open up the pelvis, especially wide squats with toes apart - legs wide and toes apart, and going down more like a plie. Those are great exercises for pregnant women because again, it helps them to learn to keep that pelvis open. Another good one is just sitting on a stability ball and doing some pelvic motion, back and forth and side to side. Rock back and forth and side to side. Again, that helps the motion of opening up the pelvis, and all of those really good for preparing for what's going to happen during childbirth. Something else that would be interesting also. A lot of pregnant women develop back problems, start having back pains. So getting down on all fours and doing leg raises, arm raises for the lower back is just as important. Doing modified dead lifts for the lower back is just as good. So overall, those help to keep the body strong, fit, and flexible.

Do you know the best exercises to do during pregnancy to prepare your body for labor and child birth? Expert nutritionist Del Millers, PhD gives women great examples of stretches and exercises to keep themselves in great shape before giving birth.

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Del Millers, PhD

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Dr. Del Millers is the founder of TheBestYouAcademy.com and author of eight books on mind-body health and nutrition. A PhD Nutritionist with a Masters degree in psychology, Dr. Del teaches motivation and high performance strategies to busy entrepreneurs and professionals, so that they can make a difference in their lives tomorrow in just ten minutes today.

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