Sciatica Pregnancy Stretches: The Child’s Pose (How Ironic!)

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Now, if that name itself doesn’t spark your interest, I don’t know what will. When expecting your newborn baby, you can channel your inner child with this pose: the child’s pose. The child’s pose is a sciatic nerve stretch perfect for pregnant women, because it is simple enough to perform at almost any stage of pregnancy–whether you have a big belly or an enormous one! It is also a relaxation pose, so you will not need to grab the bathroom towels to wipe any sweat dripping down your forehead during this one. A low stakes stretch with optimal results. What more could your pregnant self ask for? Let’s take a look at how this exercise stands out (even though it is done in a sitting position!) from all other sciatica stretches for pregnancy.

How to Channel Your Inner Child

First off, why is the child pose stretch a standout sciatica stretch for pregnancy? What does it, in fact, stretch? The child’s pose is a good relaxant, relieving pressure from not only your lower back but your entire back that could be causing your sciatica pregnancy pain.  It also lengthens your spine! Here’s how you do it:

Step One: Sit on your feet. Find a nice comfortable spot on a cushioned floor (e.g. carpeted floor, yoga mat) so you do not end up with additional pain from stretching on a hard surface.

 Step Two: Spread those knees! You will most likely need to make room for that big baby belly, so opening your knees wide while sitting will help you get more comfortable.

Step Three: Lean forward so that your forehead almost reaches the ground.

Step Four: Once you have gone as low as you can go, bring your arms straight out in front of you. If you feel a little like superman, you are doing it correctly! Perhaps the superman stretch would have been a more appropriate name, after all!

Hold this position for a few minutes. Release by slowly moving your arms back toward you, using them to push you back into a seated position. Then move on to other sciatic stretches for pregnancy.  Your lower back will thank you!

Sciatica Stretches for Pregnancy: Feel the Stretch

Once you are holding the final position of this pose, your shoulders, lower back and even hips should start to feel it. If, however, you have gone too far and overextended yourself, you will know it: that straining and exhaustion should not be there. Relax up a bit: a should stretch should not feel like too much work. You need to learn to be aware of your body: when something feels wrong or uncomfortable, readjust or ease up until things get easier again.

You don’t want to push yourself too hard–especially when you are pregnant!

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