In the contemporary world, we are not as active as previous generations. Few women exercise to the extent required to develop the capacity to withstand the rigors of birth. It is little wonder that so often what childbirth educators hear from pregnant moms is that they are afraid of birth and don’t have confidence in their ability to do it. There are solutions for these issues…
The biggest bang for the buck is aerobics. This gets almost everything that helps you in labor: increased endurance, strength and range of motion; improved breathing capacity (you get more oxygen + less fatigue) and reduced need to tap your cardiac reserve (your body works hard but not to the degree it must if you are not fit); and mental toughness that gets you the confidence you need that your body is capable.
Learning useful positions is extremely helpful. If you are active be sure that your workout includes such things as squatting and other movements that aid your progress in labor. Being upright and moving are keys to a healthy labor.
Mental focus and being present teach you to work with your body. Activities such as yoga, pilates for pregnancy and dance help you develop the mental skills that accompany your movement. Learn to recognize your body’s signals to you when it’s time to push.
Keep moving…right into labor and birth! Take a Class!