Many pregnant women fear painful contractions during labor as they prepare to give birth. Some seek an epidural or use meditation to ease the pain, but one woman chose to dance instead.
Mattapan resident Yuki Nishitzawa danced to the “Tootsie Roll” and “Cupid Shuffle” as she prepared to have a natural birth. With her supportive husband Connell playing the music in her hospital room, Yuki danced to the songs’ choreography as her water broke. “It’s a really good cardio exercise when you think about it. There is a lot of legs and squatting movement [when dancing to these songs]. I think this is what helps the baby to shift downward [through the vaginal canal],” Connell said about his wife’s dance moves. Yuki added her dance of choice was The 69 Boyz’ “Tootsie Roll.”
The couple told CBS Boston affiliate WBZ, Yuki initially used dance to help with her first pregnancy. A week before she gave birth to their daughter, Yuki danced seven times a week to the “Tootsie Roll.” Years later, the dance still keeps Yuki stress free, which is vital to any labor process.
In 2014, the couple lost their son in labor and Yuki vowed she would do whatever it takes to give life to another baby. Her commitment paid off when she birthed a healthy baby boy named Coji this year. The couple told WBZ reporter David Wade they hope Coji can dance as good as their entire family.
Check out the moves in the video below.