Sitting tailor fashion, with your elbows on your knees, tilts the heavy uterus forward, away from your back and up and out of the pelvis. This teeter-totter effect, with the uterus tilted over the front pelvic bone, allows release of pressure and therefore permits good circulation of blood to the pelvic area, to kidneys, vagina and legs. The blood carries nutrients and oxygen to the uterus and your baby.
Tailor sitting keeps you from sitting in a chair in the usual manner—leaning back and allowing a backward tilt of the uterus—which puts pressure on blood vessels supplying the kidneys, uterus and legs, thereby reducing circulation. Crossing your knees further aggravates the problem and reduces circulation to the vagina.
Tailor sitting stretches and makes flexible the muscles of your bottom and the inner aspects of your thighs, enabling you to put your legs farther apart in second-stage labor, which will be helpful.
It may sound ridiculous, but the effect of increased light and air to your perineum is a healthy extra as it will help prevent vaginal yeast infections.
Sit on the floor or any firm surface.
Cross your ankles and bring them close to your body with knees wide apart. You may lean back slightly to reduce the weight on your ankles.
A small pillow under the tail bone will also reduce pressure and may be more comfortable.
This is not an exercise but rather a posture.
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