(2) Pelvic rocking (see figure 7-3). This exercise stretches the back
muscles and helps to alleviate backache. The patient should:
(a) Get on all fours by hollowing the back and then arching it upward to
form a mound. This may also be done by lying on her back or standing up.
(b) Thrust back outward with buttocks tucked under. Hold for at least 3
seconds and release. Repeat 5 times.
A. On all fours. B. Standing. C. Lying on back.
Figure 7-3. Pelvic rocking exercise.
(3) Abdominal muscle contractions (see figure 7-4). This exercise
strengthens the abdominal muscles, which assist in effective pushing during the second
stage of labor, and helps regain abdominal shape following delivery. The patient
(a) Contract and relax the muscles of the abdomen.
(b) Repeat as often as desired and gradually increase the time held.
Figure 7-4. Abdominal muscle contractions exercise.