(I posted this over on my pregnancy blog, check it out HERE!)
Overall, I have felt great this pregnancy. Fatigue has been minimal, I haven’t had many achy days and I’ve been able to keep up with my young daughters!
I have noticed my hips feeling tighter and some swelling in my feet over this past week. I think the swelling was from not drinking my normal 3-4 liters of water per day, and in turn retaining fluid…with all the 4th of July busyness, I slacked off big time with staying hydrated and the swelling began!
Anyhow! These have been my favorite, very low-impact, prenatal go-to stretches/poses in the late 2nd trimester & early 3rd trimester! (ZUMBA was my form of cardio before we moved… I went 3 times a week with my sister in law and LOVED it!)
PLANKS. I have always loved various forms of planks, pregnant or not! Be sure you have proper form, and hold a plank for as long as you can. Start at 30 seconds, and try to hold plank pose for a little longer each time. This is GREAT for keeping all of your core strong! Your abs & back need to be supportive for your growing baby.
PIGEON POSE. This deep yoga stretch is AMAZING for releasing tension in the hips and low back.
DEEP SQUAT. This one is also great for opening the hips!
LIZARD POSE. Another one for tight hips. This also gives a good stretch in the legs!
LEGS UP THE WALL. I discovered this one after I noticed my feet were swelling. After drinking a great deal of water, I sat in this one for 20 mins, twice a day. Start with sitting next to a wall. Lay on your back and “sit” on the wall. (Get your booty up against the wall like you’re sitting on it.) Legs go straight up the wall, side-by-side. This gets the feet/ankles elevated and helps any swelling go down.
Hopefully this is some help to other pregnant women! 🙂
Flexibility is one of my main weaknesses. I just bought Alethea Austin’s “Stretching for Pole” & “Pure Splits” DVDs & started them on Friday (4/20). I am REALLY excited about finally obtaining some flexibility!
I’ve only gone through both DVDs once, and I will do a full review after I’ve done it for a few weeks. But here are a few random things that I’ve discovered so far:
- Stretching is important.
- Warm ups are VERY important.
- Gaining flexibility takes time.
- Flexibility on the pole also takes strength.
- My back is more flexible than I originally thought (yay!)
- Patience and determination is especially important with gaining flexibility.
- Flexibility makes every pole move prettier 🙂
I can’t wait to share my flexibility progress & full DVD review 🙂