ooooooooooooh- i like to hear about the squatting. i do the kegel's- both when pregnant, not pregnant, but not at the levels they tell me to. but i do squat, all over the place, all the time. and more and more as pregnancy goes on, it's so comfortable. and have had great recovery from all births. except for the leaks when i get pregnant (which i think is sometimes b/c i'm too busy to pee chasing those critters i birthed around), i usually don't think of it too often. my Creighton Model instructor actually told me to not over do the Kegel's too, and since i'm bad at boring exercises, they have never been one i love to do compulsively.
and also glad to hear my butt is good in all of this! i've been thinking of kegel weights and other exercisers for years, and more since my MIL had a uterine prolapse (which runs in her family, but the women in mine haven't had a history of it, but they do have a history of bigger butts)- but this is nice as it supports my natural tendency to keep fit and muscular naturally (we all walk miles a day, pick our veggies squatting on the farm (baby on back), and generally do a lot of natural exercise and eat very well, so good muscle tone under all this pregnancy acne and cellulite!
also all the toning exercises help w/ back-aches and w/ labor too.....
thanks for this thread!
also for the first-timers- i can vouch that giving birth naturally/vaginally does not mean you must have stretched out and permanently untoned lady parts! taking the time to work on it, and also just staying healthy means you can successfully have babies and still have nice toned and strong muscles down there.
Edited by HouseofPeace - 8/30/12 at 4:15pm