If this is your first child and you’re in the 9th month of pregnancy, the thoughts of labour pains are probably giving you sleepless nights right now. Even more so is the thought of a normal delivery since you obviously wish for good health of your baby. Doing exercises during 9th month of pregnancy that support and stretch the muscles of your back, pelvis, thighs can prove to be useful. We’ve curated a list of exercises that help you with the same:
- Pelvic Stretches
This is one of the best exercises during 9th month of pregnancy. Keep your feet sturdy on the ground, stretch your legs and keep your back straight. This will stretch and shift your pelvic onward and backward. Repeat it 10-20 times depending on your comfort level.
Squats help in contracting and loosening the pelvic muscle during pregnancy and reduce delivery pains. Take the toilet position with the support of a holder or gym ball in order to add pressure to the pelvic and thigh area.
Yoga one of the most ancient forms of exercise is like a mystical route to a peaceful mind and healthy body. Doing yoga exercises during 9th month of pregnancy has several benefits including increased elasticity and endurance power. You can try vakrasana, utkatasana, konasana, and bhadrasana.
- Cobbler Pose
Also known as tailor pose, cobbler pose helps in stretching your pelvis and building good flexibility. Remember to do this exercise with a cushion below your back and thighs.
- Downward Dog
This exercise is important since it gives support to your thigh muscles and lets them maintain good holding capacity. To do this exercise, extend your legs and bend on all four limbs, floating the back towards the sky. Hold onto the position for two minutes, release, and repeat daily.
- Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises are also known as of pelvic floor exercises. They’re one of the most important exercises during 9th month of pregnancy because they help in strengthening the muscles located in your vagina and rectum. You can perform the exercise either by contracting the pelvic floor muscle or by holding the pelvic floor muscle. Hold it for 10 seconds and release. Perform it 15-20 times daily.
Remember to maintain correct postures at all times, never fatigue yourself and always do these exercises for short spans of time. These exercises keep your pelvic joints flexible, increase blood flow to your lower body, thus comfort your delivery. We hope that you do these exercises during 9th month of pregnancy and share your experiences with us. Happy Motherhood!!