The third trimester of pregnancy means you getting so close to holding your beautiful baby in your arms. The third trimester also means your belly is getting bigger and bigger and it's getting harder to move and exercise, but this can be the most important time to keep moving if you want to avoid a cesarean section and have an uneventful natural childbirth. Maintaining postural alignment and good pelvic function is essential to allowing your baby to pass easily through the birth canal. These Egoscue posture exercises narrated by Pete Egoscue will help you stay comfortable, flexible, and strong throughout the third trimester and your delivery.
Natural childbirth is what your body is designed for. The modern world and the limited motion it provides is causing your body to lose its natural upright posture and robust strength that is necessary for a natural childbirth. These Egoscue posture exercises as described by Pete Egoscue for the second trimester will help restore your postural balance and prepare your body for a natural childbirth.
The female body is designed for natural childbirth. Why then have cesarean section rates climbed dramatically since first measured in the US in 1965? In 1965, the cesarean birth rate was 4.5% and by 2009 had climbed all the way to 32.9%. Since 2009 the rate has held around 32%, meaning 1 out of every 3 births is delivered by c-section!
There have been many theories about why the rate of c-sections has risen so much over the last 50 years, but many of these theories do not hold any weight when examined. One factor that is rarely talked about, but I believe to be a major contributor to the c-section rate increase is a musculoskeletal dysfunction and poor posture.
Exercising is not the same as being physically active. Many people exercise but very few people are physically active and that's one of the reasons for high rates of obesity, joint problems, balance issues, osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease, and chronic pain.
The term sciatica describes pain along the path of the sciatic nerve from the lower back, through the hips and buttocks, and down the back of the legs to the feet. Sciatica typically affects only one leg, but can be felt on both sides. Sciatica can vary from mild discomfort to severe pain and can include numbness, tingling, burning, and weakness. Some people experience increased pain upon standing while others experience increased pain when sitting.
The pain is caused by compression or irritation of the sciatica nerve typically in the lower back but sometimes originating in the hip/butt. People with sciatica are often told the cause of the pain is lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease, spondylolisthesis, bone spur(s), herniated or ruptured lumbar disc, piriformis syndrome, or muscle spasms.
The focus of effective sciatica treatment should always be on finding and fixing the underlying cause of the sciatica, which means figuring out why someone herniated a disc, or why someone has degenerative disc disease, or why someone has spinal stenosis, or why someone has muscle spasms.
About Matt Whitehead
I'm an Egoscue Institute certified Postural Alignment Specialist (PAS) and Advanced Exercise Therapist (AET), certified personal trainer, PatchFitness performer, FiveFingers wearer, trail runner, mountain biker, dad, music lover, environmentalist, and wanna-be slam dunk champion. I will be providing you with the latest posture exercises to help you live, play, and be pain free.