Getting those twists in when you're pregnant can be tricky. Here is a short list of why twists are great in pregnancy (and for life in general):
- Twists can uplift and change your mood.
- Twists can help loosen the back muscles to improve posture.
- They can prevent and relieve tension and back aches.
- They can also helps with constipation and bloating.
- Twists help improve blood flow in your body which can help with swelling during pregnancy.
I have listed a few good twist for pregnancy below. Remember to breath through them and take your time. Always listen to your body. If you feel any pain, either stop, take it easy, or talk to your doctor.
The first I want to talk about is a twist on the floor. This can also be done from child's pose if you are not pregnant. But if you are, keep your hips high. Thread your left hand under your right shoulder and reach your right arm over head. Your body will go where ever you put your gaze, so take your gaze to those left fingertips. For a deeper stretch, grab that left wrist with the right hand and gently pull to your right. Keep your hips level to protect the belly in between the thighs. Twist only in the upper back.
This second one is a seated twist. You can also do this in a chair or at a desk. You can use the chair or desk to pull yourself deeper into the twist. If you are seated (like me in this photo), bend one leg to involve the hips. This twist will involve your whole torso but complete the twist in your upper back. Take your gaze behind you and remember to breath through it.
This last one is a standing twist. Widen your legs and square your hips off to the side of the mat. Turn your left foot out to the front of your mat and take your left hand down to meet your toes. You can use a block (shown above) or a chair for the left hand if you cannot reach your toes. Extend your right arm overhead and take your gaze to meet those fingertips. Make sure to keep your hips squared off to the side of the mat. Your left hip will want to sag behind you, so make sure you pull it forward.
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