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3 Exercises to Engage the Baby During Labor

The early stage of labor is an important time to stay active and continue moving to help the baby descend down into the pelvis.


You may have heard the concept of "engaging" the baby during labor. This simply means that the baby drops into the pelvis. There are specific movements and exercises that you can do to help the baby engage during labor. However, after an epidural, most hospitals limit movement to only positional changes in bed.


Here are 3 exercises you can do to help engage the baby.


POSTERIOR PELVIC TILTS:

Posterior pelvic tilts (tucking tailbone or flattening back) while sitting on ball/chair or in quadruped (hands/knees)


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Posterior pelvic tilts (also known as cat stretch)

CHILD's POSE:

Start on your hands and knees, with your knees wide and feet together. Hinge your hips back towards your heels.

Child's pose
Child's pose

DEEP SQUAT:

Sit on a yoga block or pillow for comfort. Press your elbows into your inner thighs to further widen your pelvic inlet.


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Deep squat (or garland pose)

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