Childbirth and the Athletic Woman

Athletic women come in all sizes and enjoy different sports or fitness programs. Athletic women enjoy being toned and fit. Through personal fitness, many women have developed determination, commitment to their task, and an ability to hit the wall and go beyond. Often they consider themselves tough and rigorous. Women who enjoy fitness as a way of Life rather than being athletic also admire their shape, sense of being in tone, flexibility and strength. So why would an athletic woman (including women who just stay fit) need to know anything about childbirth? Isnt the goal of preparing for childbirth about getting in shape?

One famous woman athlete made a public comment that if she had gone through labour before her competitive event she would have done better in the competitions. Obviously, childbirth gave her insights that would have improved her performance. Many athletic women may not know that you are more likely to have a caesarean than most women. Weve all heard stories that dancers and horsewomen are more likely to have a caesarean; however, its true for many athletic women.

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