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This exercise strengthens core muscles. Stronger abdominal muscles assist uterus in pushing the baby during second stage of labor.
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• Stronger core muscles help during the pushing stage of the labor
• Strengthens core muscles
• Reduces back pain or any discomfort in the lower back
1. Position yourself on hands and knees
2. Make sure that your knees are hip width apart and arms are under the shoulders
3. Shift the position of the arm to now rest your weight on the elbows. The elbows will now be under the shoulder
4. Raise your knees approximately 6 inches off the floor
5. Hold for 8 counts. Release.
6. Repeat 4-8 times depending upon your comfort level
• Pain in the pelvis, vagina, or groin
• Abdominal discomfort
• Shortness of breath
• Leakage or bleeding from the vagina
• Increased soreness in back
• Breathe normally throughout the exercise
• This exercise can be performed till you go into labor
• Avoid exercising on an empty stomach