Preparing for Childbirth: Exercises for Circulation, Pain Relief and Strength


Hi, name is Kerry. I’m a physical therapist at UC San Diego Health. We’re going to provide you with exercises
that you can do while in bed, either lying down or seated. These exercises can be performed multiple
times a day. They’re designed to improve blood flow and
circulation, reduce pain, and strengthen your major muscle groups to help with labor. Don’t continue any exercises that cause you pain. If you have any pain or problems with these exercises, please speak to your physician and care team. A physical therapist can be consulted to address any of the issues you have. We hope you have a pleasant delivery, but if you find yourself with ongoing pain, incontinence or difficulty moving post-partum, our rehabilitation team will be happy to address them in the outpatient setting. Please just ask your physician for a consult. Thank you for your time and have fun with the exercises.

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