Prenatal Yoga: 3 Yoga Poses for the First Trimester

Prenatal yoga can be a great way to relieve some of the aches and pains of pregnancy. Here are 3 poses that are perfect for the first trimester…

Moms-to-be can benefit from yoga as much as anyone else – if not more! The gentle stretching movements of yoga flow can help relax tight muscles and relieve pregnancy-related back pain, and mindfulness meditation can help you to get in touch with your body’s needs and also relieve stress and anxiety.

However, if you’re going to do yoga while pregnant, you will need to keep some special considerations in mind. Since it is not advisable during the later months of pregnancy to spend long periods of time lying on your back, you will need to modify some yoga poses, such as Savasana.

The three exercises below are great for the first trimester of pregnancy, after which you will want to use the suggested modifications.

1.) Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

This one is absolutely my favorite. You can practice it through all three trimesters, and even after the baby comes to help soothe your body and mind and bring you to a more restful state.

How to Modify Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose for Pregnancy +

2.) Child’s Pose

Now that you’re officially “with child,” you have yet one more reason to get your Child’s Pose on!

3.) Reclining Bound Angle Pose

It’s never too early to start preparing the body for the marathon that is birth. This pose is a great one to start opening your hips and inner thighs, something you’ll need to do to make room for that baby’s melon when the time comes. As an added bonus, this is a super restful, rejuvenating pose. Prop up your legs, feel your chest open, and feel completely supported.

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