Pelvic Tilt Exercises during Pregnancy – Benefits and Precautions

Pelvic Tilt Exercises during Pregnancy

Any great event will need some kind of practice and training, and childbirth is quite similar to it. Just as an athlete trains her body before her event, so does a mother need to get her body in shape if she wants to have an easier time during labour. By doing the right kind of prenatal exercises, you will widen your pelvis and get your baby in the optimal position for childbirth.

What is Pelvic Tilt Exercise?

Exercises that are made up of very delicate movements of the spine that will support and strengthen the muscles around your lower back, especially the abdominal muscles, are known as pelvic tilt exercises. Not only do they relieve lower back pain, but they also give it a gentle massage in the process. They can be done while standing with your back against the wall, on your hands and knees, as well as while sitting on an exercise ball.

Various Types of Pelvic Tilt Exercises

There are many types of pelvic exercises that you can try. Either stick to a few that you are comfortable with, or you can mix them up on a daily basis to keep things fresh.

1. Sitting

While sitting may not seem like it’s an exercise at all, when you have to carry the extra weight of your baby about with you, learning to sit correctly can actually strengthen your core and stabilise your muscles.

How To Do

  • Use an exercise ball that is high enough that your hips are higher than your knees and firm enough to hold your weight.
  • Sit straight and upright and keep your pelvis tilted forward.

Pelvic Tilt Exercises - Sitting

2. Leaning

Pregnant women lean back a lot because of the weight that they need to carry around all the time, so this kind of activity helps them balance it out.

How To Do

  • Lean on counters, people and tables to counteract all the backward leaning.
  • Use your exercise ball and cover it with your arms and upper body and roll around.
  • Your pelvis that is in midair will move in a way that strengthens it for birth.

Pelvic Tilt Exercises - Leaning

3. Hands And Knees

This simple exercise is commonly known as the cat-cow pose. It keeps the lower back loose and relieves the pain in the lower back.

How To Do

  • Get on your hands and knees, wrists parallel to your shoulders and knees directly below your hips
  • Inhale and arch your back, belly moving down, neck and tailbone moving up
  • Exhale and move your pelvis inward, arch your back up and keep your head down, as if you are trying to see your navel
  • Repeat at least 10 times.

Pelvic Tilt Exercises - Hands And Knees

4. Standing

This exercise will require you to lean against a wall and doing it daily will strengthen your pelvic muscles.

How To Do

  • Touch your bottom, shoulders and head to a wall
  • Press the small gap of your back towards the wall while breathing in deeply
  • Exhale and slowly relax
  • Repeat the exercise at least ten times

Pelvic Tilt Exercises - Standing

5. Lying Down

This exercise will strengthen your pelvic floor muscles.

How To Do

  • Lay on your back, feet on the floor and knees bent
  • Move your pelvis forward and press the small gap of your back into the floor
  • Relax your muscles and rest for a few seconds.
  • Repeat this as many times as you are comfortable.

Pelvic Tilt Exercises - Lying Down

Benefits of Doing Pelvic Tilt Exercise in Pregnancy

Exercise has many benefits, and during pregnancy, there is no exception. If you are looking for a nudge to start exercising, the benefits of doing pelvic tilt exercises during pregnancy are as follows:

Who Should Perform the Pelvic Tilt Exercises?

Pregnant women should all try to get into the habit of doing some pelvic exercises throughout their pregnancy as they are very beneficial to them. Those women who suffer from pelvic girdle pain, AKA Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction especially should do these exercises as they will help to relieve the tension they have in the pelvic area and will strengthen the muscles therein. Converse with your doctor before starting any new exercises if you have been diagnosed with this particular condition.

Women who are in their third trimester are often encouraged to do pelvic exercises during times of fetal activity as they encourage the baby to move into the correct position for birth as the exercises widen and open up the pelvis. When you do the exercises on your hands and knees, your abdomen gets turned into a hammock, enabling your baby to get into the anterior position, ensuring an easier birth.

When Should You Do Pelvic Tilt Exercises?

If you have had a long and tiring day and wished to find some relief for your aching back, pelvic tilts are a great way to go. They can also be done when you are looking to aid maternal positioning, which is believed to be able to affect the position of the fetus during your pregnancy as well as during delivery.

If your baby still has not dropped by 38 weeks, pelvic tilts will help you to support the movement of your baby into the correct birthing position. If you start pelvic tilts at the start of the eighth month, you will find it most beneficial for both you and your baby.

Pelvic tilt exercises are even helpful during labour and women who wish to ease the pain in their backs due to contractions can always ask their caregiver to remind them to get into the cat pose.

So beneficial are pelvic tilt exercises that they are great to do when trying to conceive, throughout your pregnancy, during labour and even after, while you are recovering.

When You Should Avoid Pelvic Tilt Exercises?

Pelvic tilts are versatile, and there are usually not many reasons to avoid doing them unless you have complications with your pregnancy and your doctor tells you it is best to avoid any kind of exercise.

Things to Consider Before and After Doing the Pelvic Tilt Exercises

Here are some things to keep in mind before and after doing your pelvic tilt exercises:

Before

  • If you are going to do pelvic tilts, ensure you have your doctors consent
  • If your wrists and knees are swollen, use pillows to support your knees or abstain from doing the exercises that require you to be on your hands and knees.
  • If you want the exercises to be most effective and you are a new mom, you should have your pelvic joints, and abdominal muscles worked on.
  • This is also important for mothers who have had to have a medical intervention because of the position of the baby, those who have had long labours as well as those who start exercising late in their pregnancy.

After

  • Some women like to end with the downward pose.
  • If you feel dizzy during any of the exercises, stop immediately

It is always best to start the right pelvic exercises as soon as you know you are pregnant, but even if you have not, it is never too late to start. Consult your doctor on what exercises are best and get started.

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