Fatigue and tiredness are common among pregnant women. Many moms-to-be lack the energy needed to exercise, go to work, and even get out of bed. In general, these problems are caused by the hormonal changes taking place during pregnancy.
The good news is that you can ward off fatigue and restore your energy through yoga. This ancient practice balances your hormones, lifts your mood, and relieves stress. Here are five prenatal yoga poses for instant energy:
Camel Ride Pose
This yoga pose releases blocked energy in the spine. Also known as ustrasana, it provides anxiety relief, eases back pain, and reduces fatigue. If you aren’t able to touch your hands to your feet without straining, rest each hand on a block or elevate your heels and turn your toes under. When done right, the camel ride will boost your energy, improve posture, and strengthen your back muscles.
The cobra pose increases your flexibility, opens the heart, and calms your mind. It is often recommended to those dealing with stress, fatigue, asthma, and poor digestion. This poses may also soothe sciatica, stimulate your internal organs, and awaken kundalini – the vital force within you. Just make sure you don’t overdo the backbend.
Bound Angle Pose
The bound angle pose or Baddha Konasana is one of the best hip openers around. This asana is ideal for beginners and pregnant women as it requires no special skills. When performed regularly, it relieves chronic fatigue, eases childbirth, decreases high blood pressure, and improves circulation. It’s one of the few poses that stimulate the ovaries, bladder, kidneys, and internal organs. If you have knee pain, place a blanket under your outer thighs.
Matsyasana, also known as the fish pose, eases fatigue and anxiety, relieves backaches, and prevents constipation. It is also useful for respiratory disorders. Yogis claim that the fish pose is the destroyer of all diseases. This asana strengthens the muscles of the neck and lower back, stimulates your internal organs, and stretches the hip flexors.
Marichi’s Pose or the Sage’s Pose is beneficial for future moms struggling with back pain, fatigue, digestive problems, constipation, asthma, and anxiety. This asana stretches and strengthens the spine, relieves hip pain, and stimulates the brain. It also supports kidney and liver health. If you can’t sit upright after bending your knee, perform this move on a blanket, keeping your pelvis in a neutral position.