Squatting


  • It is also called Malasana- garland pose
  • Squatting regularly helps to increase the mobility of your pelvic and hip joints. When you squat, the extensor muscles in the back, buttocks and pelvic floor lengthen and relax, while the muscles in front of your body shorten or contract. In this position, your pelvic floor relaxes and the blood supply to the whole pelvic area improves. The perineal tissues relax and can stretch evenly when you squat, so regular practice may help to prevent tearing in the final stages of the birth.
  • Squatting is a perfectly natural sitting and resting position which every toddler uses instinctively before standing and walking.

Caution

  • If your baby is in the breech position after 34 weeks, stop squatting altogether as you do not want to encourage the buttocks to engage.
  • Avoid full squatting if you have had a cervical stitch (Shirodkar Suture) or if you have haemorrhoids or vulval varicosities, severe or painful varicose veins in your legs.
  • However, the squatting exercise using a stool under your buttocks for support or squatting astride a bolster or large rolled-up cushion, can be practised safely provided it does not cause you any pain or discomfort.
  • Full squatting for short period of time is not harmful to varicose veins in the legs unless they hurt in the position. 



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