Move Of The Week: The Birthing Squat

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Pregnancy is a full time job! 

If you’ve never been pregnant, you are probably thinking “Whats the big deal?” You get pregnant, wait 10 months and then you have a beautiful new baby.  Well, for those of us who have been there and done that we know its a lot harder than that.  

You need to prepare your body for pregnancy.  Its important to get plenty of rest, eat healthy, maintain a healthy weight, exercise and take your prenatal vitamins.  During your pregnancy you want to continue to do all of these things.  You also want to start preparing your body for the demands of labor. 

There are certain exercises that will help with this.  Here is your move of the week: 

The Birthing Squat

This exercise is great for strengthen your quads, inner thighs and butt, its also a great stretch for your inner thighs.

How to do it: Stand with feet just wider than hip width. Squat down as close to the floor as you can, knees pointing outward. Squeezing your glutes, return to standing. Form check: Push your butt as close to your heels as you can get it. Use your elbows to gently push your knees wider for a deeper stretch.

If you are new to this exercise, try holding on to a chair to maintain your balance.

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