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Stretching & Pregnancy – Augmented PDF

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Stretching & Pregnancy is the book to have if you are pregnant, or planning a family in the future,

S&P has 25 exercises, considers birth and relaxation positions, and has all-important post-natal exercises. The Sensible Eating chapter is a must-read.

This version of the second edition is a downloadable, augmented PDF – it has videos embedded. Needs Acrobat Reader to play the videos.

197MB, PDF

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By Kit Laughlin, with Jennifer Cristaudo

 

If you are pregnant, or planning a family in the future, this is the book you must have.

You will find over 25 exercises that cover all the flexibility you will need for this big event; discussion and descriptions of birth and relaxation positions; and the all-important post-natal exercises you will need to get your figure back.

Jennifer tells her story of the birth of Anreas, her son (three-and-a-half hours labour) and a beautiful girl named Pernille (two hours labour).

The book has comprehensive photographs and text descriptions of all the recommended exercises.

The second edition is simply a new cover to match the look of Kit’s other two books, and a new preface, commenting on the intervening 15 years. Holders of the original edition need not update.

 

How this book is set out

 

Chapter 1Prenatal exercises

These are divided into two parts:

• the strengthening movements, including exercises for the ankles, hips, and legs; and
• the flexibility exercises.

The bulk of Chapter 1 is devoted to the flexibility exercises—which include various stretches for people of different levels of flexibility and strength. It also includes stretches for parts of the body that are likely to have an adverse effect on your posture during pregnancy, as well as stretches for those muscles in the hips that, if tight, can lead to sciatica-like conditions. Chapter 1 also includes exercises designed to relieve backache.

Chapter 2Relaxation

The chapter begins with a short section discussing the importance of relaxation and a relaxation script: you could have a friend record this if you wish,

The second part of Chapter 2 shows you the most effective relaxation positions. Lying on your back face up (the standard recommended position for relaxation) can be anything but comfortable as the pregnancy progresses. It can also restrict the flow of blood to the placenta, and hence to the foetus. Jennifer will show you some alternative comfortable positions in which you can do your relaxation practice.

The last part of Chapter 2 shows Jennifer’s preferred birth positions, which include all of the standard recommendations and a few innovative ones as well.

Chapter 3Postnatal exercises

An emphasis here on tightening both the muscles of the pelvic floor and the muscles of the waist, so that you can regain your function and figure as speedily as possible.

This is not just a cosmetic consideration. Much recent research has shown that regaining strength in the abdominal ‘corset’ (as this complex group of muscles is sometimes named) will provide necessary support for the lower back. Everyone knows that back pain is a common occurrence following birth, but few people are aware that the main reason for the back problems is a combination of tightened hip flexor muscles (the muscles that lift your thigh towards your chest) and tightened lumbar (lower back) muscles, together with weakened and lengthened abdominal muscles. Chapter 3 shows you how to regain the strength in the abdominal muscles and how to stretch the tight muscles very effectively.

Chapter 4Sensible Eating

A discussion of what we have found to be the most effective dietary recommendations – bearing in mind the need for adequate nutrition for the foetus before birth, the desire to breastfeed effectively after delivery, and the importance of regaining your former shape after pregnancy and labour. The path to good nutrition and maximising lean muscle mass is a simple, commonsense approach to eating that is both delicious and nutritious.