For years, the squatting position for giving birth has been grossly neglected. Most doctors have stuck to the conventional position of the woman lying on her back as she pushes the baby out. Doctors have now revealed that this traditional position causes immense pressure on the posterior vagina thereby, reducing the circumference of the pelvic aperture in the process. Hence, the vaginal tears could be a common affair in such deliveries. Alternatively, advantages of squatting for birth could be several in as much as it can do away with these risks completely.
Squatting can be practised during the early phases of pregnancy to strengthen the muscles of the legs. You can seek help from your partner or spouse in order to help you with the squatting positions. Always remember to seek advice from your doctor or midwife before resorting to any kind of physical exercise during the course of your pregnancy or labour.
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