Ok, so maybe not 300 times a day without building up to it, or you might be really sore during labor. But throughout your day whenever you bend down to pick something up, just hang out there in a deep squat for a minute or two. Incorporate it in your day. Squatting 10 times a day for 2 minutes each time is a great goal. It stretches the perineum, strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, and strengthens the gluteal muscles, the ones you need to help you push out the baby.
If you haven't discovered it yet, there is an easy "check the boxes" birth plan generator over at Earth Mama Angel Baby. Birth plans (though not set in stone, because every birth is a different journey) can be really helpful in clarifying what your wishes are. Then your doula, partner, and health care provider can best stand alongside you in achieving your dreams. Make yours today!
Pregnancy can have positive affects on women for years afterwards. The miraculous phenomenon that this picture depicts is called "fetomaternal microchimerism."
Here's how it works, from From: "Astounding: Your Baby Can Heal You!"
"The main study that supports this claim was done using mice.2 In the study, the researchers took female mice that had never mated before and mated them with male mice that had been genetically engineered to make a green, fluorescing protein in their cells. As a result, half of the offspring produced by this mating process also had the ability to make that protein. Since the females did not have that ability, any cells in the mother that produced the green, fluorescing protein must have come from the fetus developing inside her.
Melanie Ellison, Durango CO
Childbirth fascinates me, and I always love learning more tidbits about it and sharing them with you. I also post photo galleries here from my photoshoots. Sign up for the RSS feed below so you don't miss a post!