5 Yoga Moves That Strengthen Your Body for Birth
The modified moves taught in prenatal yoga are both safe and beneficial to expectant moms.
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Triangle strengthens your entire body. Stand with your feet farther than shoulder-width apart. Face your right toes forward and left toes out. Bend your left leg, placing your left hand on the thigh, eyes looking down.
[A]. Inhale, then exhale as you lift your right arm above your shoulder and turn your head, eyes looking up. Place your left arm on your thigh for support.
[B].Hold for 1 full breath as you lower your right arm and straighten leg. Return to starting position, then repeat for 5 full breaths.
Reverse feet and repeat sequence on the other side.
How Yoga Prepares You For Labor
Prenatal yoga addresses the physical challenges inherent to pregnancy, such as a shifted center of gravity and lower back pain. These moves will help alleviate aches and build strength in your legs, back and abdominals to prepare you for giving birth. Yoga also can ease labor and delivery, with moves that relax the hip muscles and use gravity to your advantage.