Pregnancy Cat/Cow Stretch (aka Cat/Camel)

Commonly Used For: Pregnancy-Related Pain.

Video Transcription: I'm going to show you how to do a cat/camel stretch, or a cat/cow stretch, which is used during pregnancy to help gently engage the abdominals and your glutes. And it also can help stretch out that lower back that can get really tight from the forward pull of your belly during pregnancy. It's also used late in pregnancy during labor. If your baby's facing posteriorly, doing this exercise can help shift the baby into a more desirable position. So what you're going to do is get down on your hands and knees. And then you're just gently going to arch your back up, like a scared cat. Hold that position, and then relax it back down. And repeat, so just up, really thinking about trying to stretch through that lower back, and down. If you want a little bit of an extra stretch in your lower back, and your stomach can handle sitting back, what you can do is push up into that scared cat position, and then sit back a little bit. And you should feel a better stretch, in your low back here. If at any point during this exercise you feel pain, or cramping, or contractions, make sure you stop and contact your doctor. And that's your cat/camel or cat/cow exercise.


WARNING! These exercise demonstration videos are designed to be educational. Please consult with your doctor before attempting to perform any of these exercises. If you experience any pain or discomfort, do not continue the exercise. STOP and consult your doctor!