Articles and commentary about fertility, pregnancy and parenting posted by Terri Young- doula, childbirth educator and midwives' assistant.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Aquarobics May Help Ease Labor-
Women who exercised during pregnancy needed less pain meds, study found
Terri here: I HIGHLY recommend this. I did prenatal water aerobics during my last two trimesters when I was pregnant with my daughter. There are SO many benefits to this: easy on your joints, low-impact exercise keeps you in shape for the upcoming marathon of labor, it feels fantastic to be weightless when you're so big, AND being in water actually helps keep or get the baby in a good position (meaning vertex and anterior: head down and facing the right way!). The classes do not need to be prenatal necessarily, and if you do nothing else- just go swimming on your own.
Doula for over 7 years, childbirth educator, and midwives assistant. Terri has attended over 100 births at home, birth center and hospital, and has given birth herself both in the hospital and at home with a midwife.