*Mindfulness (Moms can listen to their bodies to know what feels right better)
Yoga postures open up the hips and pelvis and help prepare the body for labor. They also help with pain relief and swelling, sleep and relaxation; as well as energy, stamina and strength.
Cat/Cow Pose–opens the back, relieves tension in hips, shoulders, and lower back.
Helps build core strength and pelvic floor stability.
Tree pose–helps with balance especially as our center of gravity shifts, it also helps with concentration and core control.Think of hugging your baby to your spine.
Sumo Yogi Squat–opens up the hips and inner thighs; and strengthens the pelvic floor, buttocks, thighs and lower back.
Straddle with twist–safe way to twist and open up the back, shoulders, hips and waist.
Double Pigeon–feels amazing for the body, and is a restorative pose that opens up the low back, outer hips and waist. This pose also helps deal with labor pains, if you can breath through the discomfort in this posture, you can definitely breath through the contractions when the time comes!
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!
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