'Belly Pumping': What Is It and Should Pregnant Women Do It?

Playing Should Pregnant Women Try Belly Pumping?

The Doctors discuss one of the latest pregnancy trends, which is often referred to as "belly pumping," that you may have seen online. In videos of "belly pumping," it appear as if the women are sucking their bellies in, but she says something else is actually going on.

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OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry explains that this is called the Bloom Method, which is an exercise program that involves controlled deep breathing, the lifting of your pelvic floor muscles and the curling of the abdominal muscles around the baby. Dr. Nita says it's kind of like giving your baby a "hug" with your pelvic and abdominal muscles.

She says from what is known about the Bloom Method that is safe and she likes that it involves exercise for the expecting mothers engaging in it. She says that yoga and pilates would also provide similar benefits.

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Find out what Dr. Nita thinks about having an at-home fetal monitor and if there are there any drawbacks to having one of these devices, in the video below.