Category Archives: Stretches

Flexibility Training During Pregnancy

Hello, hello!

I finally have a few spare minutes to get back on the ‘ol blog train! It’s been super busy with visitors and traveling back and forth to the NICU each day.

Thankfully, the little one is doing great and gaining weight so she should be home in the next couple of weeks. I can’t wait!!

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This is my favorite picture so far of Charlotte, she loves bath time obviously! I can’t look at this picture and not smile (or laugh). Ha!

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Onto stretching…..and boy oh boy, I’d say these stretches feel just as amazing during pregnancy as they do afterwards!

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Remember during pregnancy it’s important not to push the stretches too much as our ligaments and joints are more lax due to the hormone relaxin getting us prepped for giving birth. The stretch should be pushed to very mild discomfort and always stop if anything is painful!

Below are video links to the Stretches listed above!

Pec Doorway Stretch

Standing Hip Flexor Stretch

Piriformis Stretch

QL Stretch

Calf Stretch

 Are there any Stretches you’d add to the list- Pre/Post Partum?

Do you Stretch daily?

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Desk Stretches

Happy Saturday All!

I’m slowly getting back into my normal routine since returning from our trip.  I woke up early went to my Bar Method class, got a Pumpkin Spiced Latte (I really missed these when I was gone- I don’t think Europeans are as obsessed with pumpkin as we are here), and now I’m back home doing some laundry and cleaning up.  The hubby really missed watching football the past 2 weeks while we were away, so we’ll be finding a bar later tonight to do just that. 🙂

After surviving (barely) our 12 hour flight home earlier this week, it got me thinking about all the poor people that have to sit at a desk all day.   When we got home from the flight my body felt very tight and uncomfortable.  So, I wanted to share a few simple stretches that you can try at work to relieve some of the tension and stress.   It may also be helpful to stretch spontaneously throughout the day any area of the body that feels tense for a minute or two.  Hold all the stretches for 30-60 seconds.

Hamstring Stretch

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The sitting position puts the hamstrings in its shortest position, so after sitting for 8 hours, the back of your legs probably feel a little tight.  Stand up and place your leg on your chair, with your leg straight tuck your pelvis under and bend forward at your hip until you feel a stretch in the back of your leg.  The stretch should be held at the point you feel slight discomfort.

Chest Doorway Stretch

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While staring at a computer all day you may also find your head forward and your shoulders are rounded, which puts your chest in a shortended position.  Stand in a doorway with one arm anchored in the door frame with arm bent at approximently 90 degrees, turn your body away (rotate your torso) until you feel a stretch in your chest and the front of your shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side.

Wrist Stretches

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Lots of mousing and typing can also cramp up your forearms.   Hold your arm straight out in front of you, with elbow straight and your palm facing down.  Push down until you feel a stretch on the top of your forearm.  For the opposite muscle group, hold your arm straight out in front of you with your elbow straight and this time face your palm up towards the ceiling.  Pull back on the hand until you feel a stretch on the opposite side of your forearm.

I hope these help! Now here are some of my favorite pics from the trip!

Planking away in Nice, France

Trevi Fountain in Rome

Castles in Dublin, Ireland

Big Beers at Oktoberfest

Monte Carlo….Probably the coolest place I’ve ever seen

Until next time!