Quick Prenatal Squat Workout
Prenatal Squat Workout
- It strengthens your lower body
- It strengthens your pelvic floor
- It opens your hips
- It works with gravity to help the baby descend
- It’s one of the most effective birthing positions
“Really the squat isn’t an exercise at all, but a basic human movement that we used to do all the time.” –Nicole Crawford
Since most modern-day Americans don’t perform squats regularly throughout the day and a majority of their time is spent sitting, whether in a car, in front of a computer or on a coach, squats can be difficult to perform at first. Take your time to get comfortable with the exercise and make sure your form is correct. As with all exercises performed during pregnancy, listen to your body when doing this prenatal squat workout. If something doesn’t feel right, pay attention to your body’s cues and stop what you’re doing.
Squats are safe and effective to perform throughout your entire pregnancy (as long as you’ve been cleared by your healthcare provider to exercise during pregnancy). While you might be tempted to stop squatting or exercising in general as you near the end of your pregnancy, squatting regularly will work wonders in preparing your body for childbirth.
Squats can also be done with your partner. Exercising with your partner is a great way to include him or her in your pregnancy journey and open the lines of communication before you go into labor. We’ve found that partners love activities like this and feel great knowing that they can physically support their pregnant partner. The photo below illustrates one way for partners to assist with squatting. Simply get into a deep squat and hold onto your partners hands. Your partner should be in a stable position and able to support you, making the exercise easier for you to perform.
Ready to get started with the prenatal squat workout? Click on the video below…