I’m excited to have partnered up with POP! Maternity for this fun post! If you’d like to see the cutest maternity athletic wear, learn about my favorite pregnancy tea, and see some hip opening moves to get your body ready for labor (and help with all that pain and pressure), then keep on reading!
Four words. Red. Rasberry. Leaf. Tea. I first learned about this tea when I was pregnant for my son and it was recommended to me to induce labor naturally since it was my first baby and I really didn’t want to go past my due date. I started drinking in 3 times a day when I was 36 weeks. My water broke 3 days before my due date and my son was born 15 hours after that. I was only laboring in the hospital for 7 hours and I slept most of the time after having an epidural. Little TMI but i only pushed for about 20 minutes (first time moms can end up pushing for hours)! I can’t say for certain that it was the tea but if you read reviews on it you will see that so many women who drank in during pregnancy had a similarly easy labor and delivery. Red Raspberry Leaf Tea helps tone the muscles of your uterus which makes your contractions more efficient and useful during labor. It can also help with milk supply after giving birth! There are so many benefits to this tea.
These next pictures I’m going to show you some great hip opening poses to do that will not only relieve tension in your pelvic area and can also prepare your hips for labor!
- You start is a plank like position keeping your back straight and parallel to the ground
3. Draw your his back out to your plank position and draw your belly down towards to ground and arch your back (somehow I did not get a photo of this step, but there are so many yoga routines with this move in it)!
This next move just involves laying on your side with your knees bent. You start with your legs together.
Then, you lift your top leg up and back as far as you can while keeping your leg bent. (I just showed the beginning of this move so that I didn’t flash y’all)!
This move is super easy and gives your hips a nice stretch. This is also actually a move that a lot of birthing coaches teach you to sit in to give birth (if your going med free that is! If you have an epidural, it’s much harder to move around and you probably wouldn’t be able to hold yourself up like this). You just keep your legs about hip width apart and squat down. It’s best if your can get your feet flat but obviously I am not capable of doing that lol.
This is one of my favorite yoga poses even when I’m not pregnant!
This first photo is the main pose but if you’re feeling adventurous or in need of an even deeper stretch, you can lower your forearms to the ground. Maybe even your head if you’re more flexible than I am!
I hope that you all enjoyed this post and found it somewhat helpful! If you’ve worn POP! Maternity to workout in, let us know how comfortable they were for you, they are seriously so comfortable and stretchy (I wear them even when I’m not working out)!
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Also, if you have any other pregnancy/ labor tips, let us know in the comments and help each other out!
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You can also check out my first POP! Maternity post wearing the geometric Capris!