I've been doing yoga since I was 15. Believe it or not, my high school had yoga class. While everyone else chose the traditional gym class, I chose yoga. And I'm glad I did. High school was stressful, so, my yoga class gave me a break. Prenatal yoga is something I think all moms should try. It helps relieve those annoying pregnancy pains, relaxes you, and can even aid in making labor faster and easier to deal with.
It reduces stress and anxiety, decreases lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath. It can also improve sleep, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
The Pigeon Pose opens up the hips and helps with lower back pain. If you're up for it, you can lower the top half of your body towards the floor for a even better stretch.
The Child's Pose helps relieve that heavy feeling in your belly from baby sitting low. Get on your knees, open your legs wide enough for your belly to sit between your knees, put your forehead on the floor and stretch your arms above your head.
Seated Side Bend
You can do this with your legs crossed or with one leg out
This pose helps with back pain and gives you a good stretch in the rib area, which also helps you breath better if baby is sitting up high near the lungs.
Seated Forward Bend
Another pose that helps with back pain and that heavy belly feeling.
Supported Fish Pose
Hip pain? This will give you some relief. The Supported Fish Pose is a hip opener. Cross your legs and lean back, using your arms to support you. Don't bend your back, just lean back and relax, let your hips open up without any tension, allowing your arms to hold you up.
Bound Angle Pose
This pose allows for a great stretch for groin muscles, helps to strengthen and tone the muscles used for labor.
Supported Bridge Pose
Supported Bridge stimulates abdominal organs, lungs and thyroid, and digestion is improved.
It also reduces anxiety, fatigue and backaches.
Your spine, legs, hands, neck are exercised along with gentle massage to abdominal organs.
Before trying any of these, please consult with your OBGYN first.