No more Cow?
“I read online that pregnant women should not do the cow aspect of cat and cow because it can cause an abdominal separation. Should I avoid doing cow with my pregnant clients?”
Cat and cow has long been a fan favourite combination among prenatal women. It increases mobility, decreases discomforts, improves circulation, reduces tension, strengthens upper body and deep core muscles, encourages quality of breath and massages digestive organs. Spending time on hands and knees later in pregnancy also increases the likelihood of optimal fetal positioning for labour and delivery.
There is no research to support the idea that cow can cause Diastasis Recti (abdominal separation). It is a safe movement with a plethora of benefits. If a woman enjoys it and finds it comfortable, there is no reason why she cannot do both cat and cow.
If a pregnant woman does find cow uncomfortable, suggest she try cat and neutral or doing pelvic tilts on elbows and knees.