Prenatal Poses and My Twin Pregnancy!
It’s almost the end of July! Where does the time go? Timothy’s 3rd birthday is this Sunday and I just can’t believe it. My mom said in the very early days of his birth when it felt like I couldn’t do another sleepless night, “the days may be long, but the years go by so fast”. And it is so true.
If you don’t know yet through my Instagram and/or other social accounts, I am now pregnant with twin boys! My due date is towards the end of November, early December. I am making a pact with myself now that even when it feels completely overwhelming and I don’t know what to do, to just stop and breathe and take in the moment. If I don’t cherish each moment (good, bad, stressful, joyful, amazing, debilitating) then the years will fly by even quicker.
My yoga practice has helped me in so many ways over the years. I find it to be super beneficial right now as my body is changing rapidly and feels much different then my pregnancy with Timothy. Twins are a whole new ball game! I’ve slowed down a bit more; but still make sure to do something active no matter what and just listen to my body. The intensity is less but my body has to move!
Here are some of my favorite prenatal yoga poses to practice right now:
Cat/Cow: warms up the spine, great for the pelvic floor and abdominals, good for the back.
Warrior 1: strengthens the legs, gives moms confidence, opens up the hip flexors.
Extended Side Angle: stretches the waist, tones the legs and buttocks, helps open up the breath.
Sumo Squat: prepares the body for labor and delivery, strengthens the inner thighs, hips and pelvic floor.
Tree pose: helps with concentration, balance, and stability.
Ankle to Knee pose: opens up the hips, stretches the inner and outer thighs, strengthens the pelvic floor.
Straddle with Twist: opens up the hips, inner thighs, and sides of waist; and one of the safe twists to do while pregnant.
Try these out if you’re expecting; and even if you’re not preggers, this is a good simple routine to practice.
Kristin McGee is a celebrity yoga and Pilates instructor in New York City. She is the star of over 100 videos, a contributing editor at Health Magazine and a spokeswoman for many brands and causes she believes in. Kristin also appears frequently on television. A proud mom to three, she sure keeps herself busy!