Downward facing dog can be a great yoga pose for pregnant women! You just have to be careful, read more on how to include it in your prenatal yoga sequence safely!
This is a lovely stretch for easing out any stiffness in the back of your legs and stretching out your back and shoulders. Inverted yoga poses in pregnancy affect your blood circulation and can make you feel less tired – some sources even suggest that the downward dog will improve your mood and feelings of well-being.
But, if you feel light-headed or dizzy when doing this pose then simply avoid it.
Start on all fours, palms under your shoulders, knees under your hips. Tuck your toes under and spread you fingers wide. Exhale and straighten your arms and legs, pushing your tailbone towards the ceiling.
Allow your neck and shoulders to relax and push down towards your heels, trying to get them as close to the floor as possible.
Come back into the resting position on all fours and wait for a half a minute or so before repeating the pose.
Don’t hold the pose for longer than it feels comfortable. Make sure you use a yoga mat or a work on a hard non-slip surface.
FittaMamma Tip: I know we’re biased but our FittaSupport Maternity Exercise Leggings or Supportive pregnancy exercise Capris will stay with you when you do this pregnancy yoga pose and won’t either fall down or let in the breezes around your bump!