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After pregnancy you can have a lot of lingering back pain. You did just create and grow a new human life and though that is a miracle it does have its downsides. One of those downsides for me was back pain. Stabbing, aching all night long back pain. I thought after my giant baby belly was gone and Milo was born my pain would go away. Ya know, no more kicks and jabs from the inside, no more pain, right?
Wrong! Oh was I so so so wrong. It almost seemed like the release of pressure from no longer being pregnant increased my aches and pains. Since I was nursing I couldn’t take much more than a Tylenol so that led me to my familiar natural remedy ways and I started up yoga again. With the ok from my doctor of course. It felt incredible to stretch everything out after being so limited in my heaviest months. So today I am sharing my favorite yoga poses to ease postpartum back pains.
1.) Child’s Pose
Child’s Pose or also known as Balasana is a very simple calming pose. This stretches the back, hips, thighs, and ankles. Child’s pose will help calm the mind and aids in relieving stress and fatigue. Which are two of the most common sufferings of motherhood.
Taking conscious and steady breaths this pose will provide focus, lengthening and widening the spine. Then with each exhalation release the torso a little more deeply into the fold.
2.) Downward Dog
After pregnancy our body’s can have many imbalances. Downward facing dog or otherwise known as Adho Mukha Svanasana can help in correcting some of those physical imbalances. The two main movements of Downward Dog are common ones: lifting your arms overhead and stretching your legs out at a right angle to your torso.
Start in Child’s Pose with your arms stretched out in front of you. Curl your toes under and lift your hips up and back, keeping your knees well-bent and heels elevated. Push up and back with your thigh muscles and especially press back from the tops of your thighs. Keep rooting your hands and working your arms, to deepen your stretch.
3.) Reverse Warrior Pose
Reverse warrior pose or also known as Viparita Virabhadrasana is a beginner level standing pose. It helps to energize the entire body, and gives good stretches in the waist. Releasing all the tightness and pressure built up from pregnancy. This pose is a great stress reliever, clams the brain and provides peace of mind. Stretching the arms, side of the torso, obliques, hips and groins. All while strengthening the lower body, legs, arms, neck and quads. The reverse warrior pose will gently massage the strained postpartum abdominal muscles. Thus, improving the digestion system.
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