I love this position. I spent hours rocking myself on all fours, with and without my stability ball, while I was in labor with my first and also nowadays when I’m pregnant with my second and have those killers Braxton Hicks contractions.
Why is it good?
1. It helps dealing with pain.
2. It takes the pressure off the back.
3. It releases the pressure from the pelvic floor.
4. It helps your little one get settled in the right position.
5. It can even help during labor when the cervix is shifting from posterior position to anterior position.
How to do it?
Get on your hands and knees with your hands right under your shoulders and knees under your hips. You might need to spread your knees out a bit to give your tummy more space. Slowly and with lots of control, start rocking your body in four directions: right, forwards, left and backwards, creating a big circle. Repeat 5 times, then go in the other direction.
Rest in child’s pose: Bring your feet together, spread your knees out as much as needed and lower your pelvis down to your heels, letting your tummy rest between your thighs, arms resting on the ground in front of you.