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I'm hoping for a vbac with this pregnancy (#1 was twins, c/s after induction - ick!) and #2 was a vbac attempt that labored beautifully, but the big guy was posterior, military style, completely wedged, and over 10lbs... so I ended up with another c.<br><br>
My question is... I got pg this time around when DS was only 6 old, so my abs are still completely shot -- I'd say I had "no abs", but then I suppose I'd fall over -- but it's pretty close to that... so in my vbac this time, should I do as much ab work as I can to prepare for the pushing? I'm afraid I'll make it all the way but poop out when it comes to body strength to do the work.<br><br>
thanks!!<br>
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Hmmm... I dont know what role abs play in pushing. I am thinking not much, I know that mine were stretched all to heck during my last pregnancy (I am short with a short torso, and my 9lb8.5oz DD had no where to go but out!!) and then of course they were cut through from the c-section, so they are horrible. When I read your post I thought "What mom who has had a c-section has strong abdominals???" We have all had our abs cut!<br>
I haven't had a vbac yet, I only had one child so far and am not pregnant. However, when I think about preparing for my next birth, I think alot (and have been told by a doula/birth educator who is my therapist) about squatting. Those are the muscles to work, your legs. They will need to be strong to hold you up in a vertical position during labor so that your baby can be positioned well and come out with gravity.
 

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I dont think abs make much of a difference in pushing but they do make a difference in posture and posture is very important in general. It can affect the way your baby is positioned. How much or how little I dont know.<br><br>
You can do crunches or whatever for as long as it feels ok to you. The cat/ cow pose is a good one that you can do for your whole pregnanc. They are yoga poses but I learned them in Bradley class. I beleive I have seen it on prenatal yoga videos. I would reccomend some prenatal yoga, it makes me feel great! you can google the cat cow pose to get details, I dont have any links.<br>
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Check out this link! I just found it on anouther forum, cant remember which one but its a cool site.<br><a href="http://jenifermparker.com/12.html" target="_blank">http://jenifermparker.com/12.html</a><br>
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what a great article! I've had diastasis since being pg with the twins (I was super strong prior - teaching step aerobics... lots of strength training...), and was hoping to get things tightened up after DS was born - and now that I'm pg again, these transverse exercises will be really great.<br><br>
I was always afraid of doing the wrong kind of ab exercises and actually making the problem worse - so it's good to see that she agrees! It makes a lot of sense what she said about the transverse abdominals.<br><br>
thanks for the link!!<br>
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I just mimicked a pushing phase to see if I used my abs much. I really don't think I did. I had my baby (VBAC) 6 weeks ago and I still have no abs (and had no abs while pregnant). I would say that you should work on your kegal exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. Also, drink red raspberry leaf tea to strengthen your uterus. The stronger the contractions, the less you have to push <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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