Sit on your heels, spine long and hands resting on your thighs, palms down [A]. Inhale as you lift your hips and sweep your arms upward, bringing your hands together in prayer position while gazing up at them [B]. Exhale as you sweep your arms back down and lower your hips to sit on your heels, palms on thighs. Do 5 repetitions.
Body Benefit: This flowing posture opens the lower back and hips, relieving tension, aches and pains.
- Breathe deeply through your nose while doing these poses; stay relaxed but focused.
- Stop exercising if you experience any of the following symptoms: pain, fever, bleeding, faintness, cramping, sudden swelling or difficulty walking.
- Dress lightly, preferably in natural, breathable fibers such as cotton, and drink plenty of water.
- Move more carefully as your pregnancy progresses.