6 secure yoga poses to support you during your pregnancy

As you start a family, your body and mind undergo several changes that can cause stress. As a fitness enthusiast, the two things that worried me about pregnancy were the weight increase and decreased fitness. 

I always thought I couldn't exercise because it's bad for pregnant women. Workouts should wait until the doctor gives the all-clear if there are pregnancy issues that could harm the mother and her fetus.

Warrior 2 strengthens your legs, chest, and groin by stretching them. Pregnancy backaches, stamina, and digestion improve with this position. Warrior 2 position is not recommended if you have high blood pressure, diarrhea, or a hip, knee, or shoulder injury.

1. Virabhadrasana II

Benefits: This head-to-knee position modification strengthens your back muscles to support the developing belly's pressure on your lower back. This posture calms the brain, relieves tension and anxiety, stimulates the liver and kidneys to promote digestion and bowel motions, and extends the spine, shoulders, and other body regions.

2. Modified Janu Sirsasana

This pose relieves lower back pain and stimulates abdominal organs like the others. This asana relaxed my hamstring and opened the abductor and adductor muscles (by stretching the inside and rear of legs), which helped me during labor.

3. Modified Upavistha Konasana

Results: This position stretches legs, groins, torso, and shoulders. It will strengthen your calves and help you with sciatica, which can develop due to the increasing baby's pressure on the nerves and back. This balance stance strengthened my legs and kept me centered before my pregnancy.

4. Vrikshasana

Garland posture is a popular pregnant yoga exercise for its numerous advantages. This pose improved my hips, groin, lower hamstrings, back, and abdominal mobility and strength throughout pregnancy. All of these benefits will improve labor and delivery. This workout can help digestion and metabolism if you're pregnant and constipated.

5. Malasa

The standing leg and ankles are strengthened by this fantastic stretch workout. It improves balance, stretches hamstrings, and opens hips, shoulders, and arms. It enhances the neurological system and improves concentration and focus while building equilibrium, which is ideal for labor.

6. Modified Padangusthasana

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