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I run a daycare out of my home and thereby spend alot of time squatting down or sitting on the floor. Some people have told me that this tightens the abdomen and pinches my insides and the baby. Is it harmful to the baby to squat, sit on the floor or in low chairs?”
Squatting is actually great exercise for pregnant women — it helps strengthen your thighs and calves and stretch your pelvic ligaments. As long as the position is comfortable for you, it’s not squeezing your insides in a harmful way. Squatting also definitely makes it easier to get up and down than trying to lower yourself into a full sit, then rolling over onto your hands and knees to get up! The important thing is to always squat it in proper form and keep your balance, with your back straight and your feet shoulder-width apart. Go up and down slowly, and hold into something or touch the floor with your fingers for balance and stability. And keep in mind that you’re easily knocked over in the squat position.