how to... strengthen your pelvic floor

Sunday Herald Sun - Body and Soul - - MY STORY -

Pi­lates is one of the best ex­er­cise pro­grams to help women cope with the ef­fects of preg­nancy – such as fluc­tu­at­ing hor­mones and pos­tural changes – as well as the birth it­self.

This Pi­lates ex­er­cise, us­ing a Magic Cir­cle (pic­tured), is ideal for help­ing strengthen the in­ner thighs, pelvic floor and deep ab­dom­i­nals. Once into your sec­ond trimester, re­mem­ber to el­e­vate your up­per torso when ly­ing down to do this ex­er­cise. + Try this: Lie on your back with the Magic Cir­cle be­tween your knees. Ex­hale and squeeze your knees to­gether over three counts. In­hale and slowly re­lease. Do 10 reps. By Sally An­der­son

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