Yoga ball for pregnancy is the best form of exercise you can do to stay fit and strengthen your abdominal muscles in preparation for birth. Simply sitting on the ball, puts you in a body posture that is really good during pregnancy because it helps keep your spine straight, your abs and legs strong.
I recommend that you sit on the yoga ball as much as possible during the last 4 to 8 weeks. Do this while you watch TV, reading or even substitute your computer chair with your yoga ball. I still use my yoga ball instead of my computer chair because it really helps keep my posture correct.
I don't recommend doing sit ups during pregnancy, especially in your second and third trimester, but doing birth ball exercises on the floor to keep your abdominal muscles strong is essential to prevent the separation of the abdominal muscles, called diastasis recti.
This condition is very common during late pregnancy and is mostly due to poor posture. The growing baby pushes the uterus outward causing abdominal weakness.
If you continue to stand and sit in the wrong way during pregnancy, you will inevitably increase separation of the front abdominal muscles and will end up suffering from more lower back pain.
Using a yoga ball during pregnancy teaches you how keep your hips tucked under, your spine straight while using your gluteus and leg muscles instead of your lower back muscles. If you suffer from pain between your shoulders, it is a sign that your posture is not correct.
Using the yoga ball for pregnancy and childbirth is essential if you are planning to have a natural childbirth. Let's take a look at some easy poses you can do at home.
You can do these yoga ball for pregnancy poses 2-3 times a week for about 10-15 minutes at the time. To learn more yoga ball for pregnancy poses, get the Yoga Ball Workout Handbook.
Do not push yourself, using a yoga ball for pregnancy health should be gentle and soothing to your body. You should never feel pain or muscle straining. If you do, stop the exercise and relax.
Before using a yoga ball for pregnancy exercises, get permission from your doctor or midwife.
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