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November 9th, 2009, 05:59 PM
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do you recommend or are you doing to try to prepare yourself for natural childbirth?

what sort of exercises are good to help prepare? i am looking to add some into my daily routine...i feel really sluggish lately and with winter coming, i know i wont be walking as much as i have been....
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November 9th, 2009, 06:16 PM
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yoga!!!!!!!!!!!!! It's amazing.

This is the dvd I used when I was pregnant with Cadie, love it, love the teacher
Amazon.com: Yoga Journal and Lamaze present: Yoga for your pregnancy: Kristen Eykel, Kathryn Arnold: Movies & TV

this one is bound to be awesome, Shiva Rea is a great teacher. I have one of her regular yoga DVD's, she has a nice voice and isn't annoying. (side note is her real name actually is Shiva, she was destined to be a Yogi!

Amazon.com: Prenatal Yoga: Shiva Rea, Bryan H. Shepard, Lori Eschler Frystak, Ted Landon, Charlie Webber: Movies & TV

those are the only ones I can really vouch for, I got a lot of dvd's from netflix and there are some painfully bad ones out there.
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November 9th, 2009, 06:23 PM
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I love the Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea!

I would also recommend practicing squatting, it helps strengthen your legs and is really useful if you may push in that position.
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November 10th, 2009, 12:12 AM
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I haven't done much for exercise except I am still working and my job keeps me moving, lifting, squatting, bending, climbing, and stretching...

I have started squatting on my exercise ball, been doing Kegels here and there and been drinking red raspberry leaf tea which suppose to help strengthen the uterus...

I did two sessions of prenatal yoga and well it wasn't my cup of tea and plus with my job hours and lack of energy.. It wasn't working out for me... I have also made sure that when I am watching TV that I sit on the floor and do some stretching exercises or squats...
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November 10th, 2009, 05:01 AM
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i ran until 6 months then walked 4-5x's a week. i sat on my birthing ball every night and towards the end bounced and rocked on it. i also did deep squats daily (holding onto something)
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November 10th, 2009, 07:10 AM
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I get most of my exercise from chasing, playing and carrying my 2 boys. But in order to prepare for the birth I do alot of tailor sitting, pelvic rocks, squats and butterfly stretches. Also kegals of course. Basically I follow what Bradley recommends.
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November 10th, 2009, 09:12 AM
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I do prenatal yoga.
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November 10th, 2009, 10:02 AM
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I rode horses every day right up to about 38 weeks with my first and he basically fell out
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November 10th, 2009, 11:21 AM
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walking and prenatal yoga
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November 10th, 2009, 08:32 PM
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thanks!
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