13 Yoga Modifications For Pregnant Women

Prenatal yoga is an excellent way to prepare for pregnancy and birth by helping to deal with fatigue, stress, aches and pains. Practicing yoga during pregnancy requires a constant reminder to be present in the moment, and to honestly assess where you are physically and mentally each day. 

The following yoga poses show a number of modifications which are especially useful during the third trimester. Modifying poses is a way to compensate for the extra weight of the uterus, make space for the baby, and to be cautious of the softened and relaxed ligaments due to hormonal changes. 

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About the Author

Stacy Joyce, pregnant with her first child, is trained at the 500-hr level in the YogaWorks method. Stacy took her first yoga class in 1996, which was two years after having a spinal fusion surgery to stop the rapid progression of her scoliotic curves. She was instantly attracted to the practice that left her feeling replenished, instead of depleted. Over the years, the practice of building self-awareness started to seep into other areas of her life, and eventually led her to teaching yoga. Her teaching interests are drawn to students, who like herself, don’t fit into the one-size-fits-all yoga class. Yoga can be for every body, but some require unique guidance. Her intention is to teach her students how to appreciate their bodies while accepting its boundaries. She is humbled by the teachers who have influenced her study, and aspires to share that gift with others.