8 Exercises That Can Help Induce Labor, According to a Fitness Specialist and OB/GYN

At 2 years old, my nephew is nothing but adorable. But when he was ten days past his original mid-June due date, my sister had some other choice words to describe him. She loved being pregnant, but towards the end of her third trimester, she couldn’t wait to get things moving (and meet her firstborn son). Like many moms, her due date came and went without a contraction in sight. And though that extra time is totally normal, it can feel like your baby will never come. Luckily, there are safe and effective ways to help naturally induce labor—exercise being one of them.

Now, before we dive in, there’s something you should know. “There aren’t any exercises that have been shown to cause women to go into labor if your body wasn’t already starting the process,” explains Dr. Heather Irobunda, MD and board-certified OB/GYN based in New York City. It can, however, help prepare your body for what’s to come. “Usually, exercises help your body transition from the early labor process into more of an active labor process.” Basically, that means it can help encourage labor by properly adjusting the baby’s positioning as well as improving the mother’s alignment by “causing more weight to be placed on the cervix, which increases the cues to the body and, more specifically, the uterus.” Light cardio, like walking, is one way to help progress this process along. If you feel comfortable, she also suggests engaging in some low-impact movements like squats and lunges. You can also sit and roll around on an exercise ball to help open up your hips and “allow for the baby to sit lower in the pelvis, helping the body know that it’s time for labor.”

We know what you’re thinking…but is it safe? The answer is yes. In fact, it’s safe to do exercise in general while pregnant, “as long as [the movements] are not more strenuous than your level of fitness prior to the start of your pregnancy,” Dr. Irobunda says. Your second trimester is no time to start training for your first marathon, and the final trimester is no time to try a new Zumba class. Stick to the low-impact movements your body is used to and always make sure you’re in an environment where you can safely engage in these exercises. Having a workout buddy is a good idea, too. “Make sure you have someone nearby if you need help moving around,” she cautions. “If it’s not possible to have someone present while you’re exercising, make sure your phone is handy in case you need help.” And before you even purchase that big bouncy exercise ball, always discuss any labor and delivery plans with your doctor. Exercise might not be recommended for women with certain medical conditions or high-risk pregnancies.

If your doctor gives you the go-ahead, here are eight OB/GYN approved exercises to try now, all provided by Brooke Cates, a pre and post-natal exercise specialist as well as the founder of The

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Who is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist? The smile specialist treating Liverpool’s stars

The German coach treated himself to a “really cool” hair transplant a number of years ago and recently had his teeth touched up as well

Jurgen Klopp has overseen a number of makeovers during his career, having revived the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund before bringing Liverpool back to the summit of English and European football.

He is the man who pioneered ‘Heavy Metal Football’ and champions the gegenpress at Anfield, doing so while sporting his own unique baseball-capped look on the touchline.

Klopp is not averse to personal makeovers either, admitting to getting a hair transplant in 2013 and anyone who has been paying attention will have noticed that his smile is brighter since arriving on Merseyside.

So who is the mastermind behind the German coach’s inimitable smile? Goal brings you all you need to know.

Who is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist?

Dr Robbie Hughes is Jurgen Klopp’s dentist and is responsible for the German’s new look. Dr Hughes owns the Dental Excellence practice, which is based in Liverpool.

In a 2019 interview with BBC Sport, Hughes said that Klopp got in touch with the Dental Excellence team after seeing the work they had done with Roberto Firmino’s teeth.

“Working with Jurgen Klopp came about because he saw Roberto’s new teeth and decided he wanted to do something,” Hughes said.

“When Jurgen came to see us, he basically just said he liked Roberto’s teeth, that he wouldn’t want to go quite as white, but he liked his teeth.”

Klopp subsequently denied Hughes’ version of events, insisting that he had been having problems with his teeth which required antibiotics and sought to address the issues by getting a treatment.

“It was not that I saw Bobby Firmino’s teeth and went ‘I want them!'” the Liverpool boss insisted in an interview with Soccer AM.

He added: “It’s a long procedure and I had to go to the toilet. When I went I looked in the mirror and they’re really small – I realised, that’s the point of never going back, you have to do it now.

“I mean I like them, but obviously it’s different. They feel comfortable, it’s all good.” 

Hughes has been working with Liverpool players for a number of years and his first involvement with the club was with Martin Skrtel, who played at Anfield from 2008 to 2016.

“The Liverpool connection started with a friend of mine, who was looking after Martin Skrtel at the time,” Hughes explained. 

“Martin had an incident on the training pitch and he needed some dental work, so my friend introduced me to Martin, we did some work and he was really happy.

“I think the next player to come was Lucas [Leiva], then Lucas introduced me to the Brazilians and it all went from there really.”

As noted, the player whose smile makeover is probably most notable is Roberto Firmino and the striker’s gleaming gnashers may well have inspired others on the team.

“Roberto just wanted a new smile,

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What Is a General Dentist and Specialist Dentist?

The American Dental Association (ADA has 155,000 member dentists) recognizes nine (9) dental specialties. An accredited Dental Specialist has taken advanced training after graduating from dental school. The specialty training program must be recognized and accredited by the ADA Council on Dental Education at an accredited institution. Most states require a Dental Specialist to limit their practice to their specialty. An accredited Dental Specialist can elect to practice General Dentistry with specialized training. This is not a declared specialist that is limited only to their specialty. A general dentist can provide any dental treatment that they are competent and confident in doing. All of the specialty areas of dentistry can be performed by a general dentist that get the necessary training. That is why the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) was founded with the support of the ADA.

Since 1952 the AGD has served the needs and interests of general dentists. The AGD promotes the oral health of the public and fosters the proficiency of general dentists through accredited continuing dental education. The AGD helps general dentists to better serve the public. This is why 35,000 general dentists belong even though they must take accredited continuing education to maintain their membership.

The nine accredited (real) specialties:

1. Endodontics

2. Oral Pathology

3. Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

4. Orthodontics

5. Pediatric Dentistry

6. Periodontics

7. Prosthodontics

8. Public Health Dentistry

9. Oral Radiology & Imaging

Licensed dentists that hold themselves out to be specialists that have not completed an accredited training program in one of the dental specialties at an approved institution may be committing fraud. Most state Dental Practice Acts do not allow dentists to hold themselves out as a specialist in non-recognized/non-accredited “specialty”. State Licensing Boards usually only allow the nine (9) ADA approved specialties and use the ADA accreditation system. Dentists that advertise and hold themselves out as a non-recognized/non-accredited “specialist” without informing the public that they are not really a specialist but only providing services in that non-recognized/non-accredited specialty area of general dentistry can be disciplined and even lose their dental license in that state. This is to protect the public from unscrupulous practitioners.

A dentist that provides unproven tests and treatment may not give relief or produce a correct diagnosis.

To be fair there are organized continuing education programs and dental organizations that can be comprehensive and extremely helpful to training the practicing dentist. The Academy of General Dentistry (AGD is the 2nd largest recognized US Dental Professional Organization) has their Fellowship (FAGD) and Mastership (MAGD) programs. This includes a program that requires a large number of accredited continuing education courses (FAGD = 500 hours; MAGD = 1100 hours including hands-on courses) in specified fields. The Fellowship also requires a strictly administered written examination. The General Practice Board Certification (Civilian and Military) requires accredited continuing education lecture and hand-on courses, written examination and an oral examination of a comprehensive clinical case. The dentist must indicate that they are a General Dentist with the FAGD, MAGD or …

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