A session with pregnancy in mind.
It was a very interesting session today. The pregnancy is now at the five months mark so there are a few things that start becoming off limits and others that are a bit more challenging.
On the flip side, you get more awareness and can connect to some parts of your body better than before – like the deep core or, to use the Anatomy Trains lines, the Deep Front Line.
On the Mat: Back press
Ped-i-Pull: Arm Series
- keeping the knees steady, on top of the second toe and with the tibia staying perpendicular to the floor
- spreading those sit bones apart as you lower yourself and return back up. You might feel like your butt is poking out or that it is now bigger than the grand canyon. I understand. But that’s surprisingly not the case. The pelvic floor doesn’t need to hold, tense up or force anything. It’s quite spectacular once after you tried it several times. The body finds a way to follow the requirements: ask it nicely and you shall get it, even if not immediately.
- One leg is standing and providing support. If needed you can bend the knee to have some extra spring during the movement.
- The other leg has one foot on a slippery surface (towel, blanket, sheet of paper…) and you start moving it away from your other leg by spreading it away. Just a bit in the beginning.
- And then you pull the leg with an inward movement, bringing it closer to the other leg again, while sliding the foot on the floor. The trick here is to do this without moving the support leg sideways or pulling from that hip to bring the other leg back.
On the Wunda Chair: Press Down
- the Deep Front line by activating the arches in my historically flat feet
- the inner thighs
- and Psoas.
This was a winning sequence of exercises. All the initial pains were gone! Also, I felt that my whole body can work together to bounce around and take care of my baby.
How awesome is that?