Kristin McGee’s Favorite Yoga Poses for Pregnancy
Yoga Move 4: Camel pose. Camel pose is a wonderful backbend expecting moms can do since they can’t lie on their stomachs and many can’t lie on their backs. It’s important to keep the front body open, especially as breasts get larger and the weight of the baby shifts the center of gravity forward. Backbends are also very uplifiting, so you can celebrate the joys of pregnancy and the baby you will soon have.
To do: Start in a kneeling position (place a towel or blanket under your knees if they are sensitive) and place your hands on your lower back. Lift your chest up to the ceiling then start to arch the upper body back. See if you can reach for your heels. Hold here 5 breaths then come up to sit, rest on your shins before repeating one more time.
If you have a hard time reaching for your ankles, keep your hands on your lower back or tuck under your toes so your feet are flexed, as seen below. Make sure not to hold your breath nor strain the front body by stretching back too far. Tuck under your tailbone and keep your abdominals engaged.