Health Benefits of Belly Dance- Preparation for Childbirth

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The movements of belly dance make an excellent prenatal exercise regimen that strenthens the muscles used during the childbirth process.  The toned abdominal muscles and natural hip tucks, which are similar to the “pelvic rocking” taught during prenatal classes, teach the expectant mother how to move her pelvis.  For women who desire natural childbirth, this form of exercise through dance, with its emphasis on muscle control not only facilitates natural childbirth, but also makes an excellent post-natal exercise that helps encourage abdominal tone.  During those first weeks after giving birth, when caution is needed whhile healing from the birth process, these movements work the muscles gently and effectively, if done very gradually.