Yoga for Pregnancy

Modified Downward Facing Dog

Is downward facing dog one of those poses you really don’t feel comfortable with?

You can modify this pose using a chair.

Start by standing an arms distance from the chair keeping both feet solid to the ground.

Take a slow inhale, and exhale gentle through soft lips.

Bring the hands to the back of the chair and walk the feet out behind you.

Gently move the hips back, and soften the pose with a few small circles of the hips.

Be sure that your lower back isn’t rounding and that your shoulders remain away from your ears.

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Pain in Labour: Your hormones are your helpers

The altered shape of the pelvis and birth outlet that is caused by our upright stance; our babies need to twist and turn to navigate these unique bends. Even our nearest cousins, the great apes, have a near-straight birth canal.

However, in every other way, human birth is like that of other mammals — those animals that suckle their young — and involves the same hormones: the body’s chemical messengers. These hormones, which originate in the deepest and oldest parts of our brain, cause the physical processes of labour and birth, as well as exerting a powerful influence on our emotions and behaviour.

Researchers such as French surgeon and natural birth pioneer Michel Odent believe that if we can be more respectful of our mammalian roots, and the hormones that we share, we can have more chance of a straightforward birth ourselves.

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