Saturday, December 9, 2017

6 Yoga Moves That Strengthen Your Body for Giving Birth



Sara is here to guest blog and share some of her ideas on how to strengthen your body before birth. Giving birth is such an important time but can be very hard on your body. Thanks Sara for the great ideas.

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For a healthy woman, there is not anytime as crucial and demanding as the time when she is pregnant. You are basically caring for two people in the body of one when you are pregnant. You need to rest twice as much, eat twice as healthy and exercise twice as carefully.
Unlike a healthy woman, you can’t go around doing heavy stretches and do fast aerobics. Instead, you will still have to exercise but only in a way that keeps your baby healthy and prepares your body for giving birth so there is a minimal chance of you facing any complications. After you are done with your daily dose of exercise, just hop on in a de-stressing massage chair and let yourself and your baby feel all the stress of the day melt away.
So let us begin with the most basic pose that is:

Standing Mountain
Start off by standing on the yoga mat and joining your hands with your palms touching at the center of your chest. Space your legs apart, as much as you can without being uncomfortable. Inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds then exhale. Repeat at least 10 times.
Move on to the next part of this exercise where with each inhalation, you have to swing your hands at your sides then raise them above your head while bending as far back as is comfortable. Repeat at least 10 times.

Chair Pose
Start this pose by acquiring the Standing Mountain position as well. Inhale deeply and raise your arms above your head. Exhale and bring your thighs down without moving your shins so that your thighs are parallel with the floor. Push your shoulder blades backward and hold this pose for about 25 seconds.

Butterfly
Sit on your Yoga mat with your back completely straight. Join the soles of your feet at the center. Join your feet together and hold them with both your hands. Inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, and while exhaling, press your thighs down to the grounds. Do this in a flapping motion for at least thirty seconds.

Supported Squat
Place a stack of quilts or pillows beneath you. Stand with your feet apart as far as they can easily go. Join your palms at the center of your chest and lower the torso as you do in a squat till your pelvic floor is resting on the stack. Hold this position for thirty seconds.

Pelvic Floor Stretching
Move the stack of pillows to a wall and make it lower than before. This time, squat while supporting your back on the wall and repeat the movement ten times.

Breathing Exercises
Lastly, the easiest and still very beneficial exercise of all is a simple breathing exercise. Optimizing your breathing will better your blood circulation and will also help in loosening your muscles. Simply sit on your yoga mat with your back erect and your legs crossed. Close your eyes and inhale deeply, hold for a few seconds, then exhale slowly. Repeat as much as you can.

About the Author:
Sara is a psychologist by profession and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She recently wrote on the best techniques of Swedish massage.

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