A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a Postnatal blog on the Cure for Hunched Shoulders. Well, what about helping out your rounded shoulders while you’re pregnant?
Rounded/hunched shoulders are common during pregnancy, as the natural curvature of your spine is exaggerated as the trimesters progress. The growing weight of your uterus and baby draw your lower back into an exaggerated curve (sometimes called lordosis) and your cervical spine's curve is exaggerated by your growing/heavier breasts drawing your shoulders forward. How to help?
This is a great chest opener that I teach in my prenatal classes, and something simple you can do every day at home.
Step 1: Sit on your mat, soles of your feet on the floor, fingers face your toes.
Step 2: Bend your elbows, lowering down gently (for extra juice here, squeeze your shoulder blades together).
Step 3: Imagine puppet strings lifting your chest (from the nipples) up towards the ceiling.
#YogaMamas tip: If it bothers your head/neck to look up at the ceiling, you can look forward in front of you.
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