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.
Image courtesy: Getty Images
Read more articles on Childbirth (Delivery).
Though all possible measures have been taken to ensure accuracy, reliability, timeliness and authenticity of the information; Onlymyhealth assumes no liability for the same. Using any information of this website is at the viewers’ risk. Please be informed that we are not responsible for advice/tips given by any third party in form of comments on article pages . If you have or suspect having any medical condition, kindly contact your professional health care provider.