Stretches for Pregnancy and Postpartum

Yesterday, I talked about the hormone, Relaxin, and how it affects your body during pregnancy. In light of that, your body does get tight and sore throughout pregnancy (and postpartum!) and stretching can be a great way to get some relief.

As I mentioned yesterday, don’t overstretch, especially if you are pregnant. Your joints are more lax than normal because of the relaxin in your system. Hold each stretch for 30-45 seconds or longer if you need extra attention in an area.

1. Thread the Needle

2. Kneeling Lunge

3. Seated Back Stretch

4. Straddle Stretch

5. Child’s Pose

Take long, deep breaths while you’re stretching. Really breathe into each stretch and try to relax your muscles with every breath.

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