Learn pilates stretches during pregnancy

1. This is a great stretch when you've been on your feet all day. This stretch targets the glute medius and piriformis muscles. The wall provides stability and the wedge pillow elevates the head and provides lumbar support. Use caution when sciatica is present.

 

Pilates stretch for pregnancy

2. This stretch focuses on the latissimus dorsi, obliques and quadratus lumborum muscles. It's great when your mid-section is feeling a bit cramped thanks to an ever-expanding belly.

 

Stretches to relieve stress during pregnancy

 

3. As the semesters tick by and the weight of the baby grows, pregnant woman may tend to lean the upper body back in an effort to counterbalance the increased load in front. This can lead to a tightening in between the shoulder blades. If this sounds like you, try this stretch to alleviate tightness in the rhomboids, upper trapezius, levator scapulae and sternocleidomastoid muscles.

As always, when in doubt as to whether or not a stretch might be suitable for you, always consult your physician first.

Written by our Guest Mom Contributor Allison Harter.

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