5 Postpartum Yoga Poses To Reengage Your Pelvic Floor That Are Better Than Kegels

5 Postpartum Yoga Poses To Reengage Your Pelvic Floor That Are Better Than Kegels

As many women know but rarely discuss, there is a huge shift in our bodies after carrying a child for nine months and going through labor. One common occurrence is urinary and fecal incontinence toward the end of pregnancy and into postpartum. This is caused by the weakening of our pelvic floor due to a variety of factors, such as the pressure of the baby pushing down on your pelvic floor, the strain of childbirth, and tears or an episiotomy during the process of pushing.

Though this may sound discouraging, there is hope, and it comes via more than just kegels. Establishing a consistent yoga practice postpartum is a great way to reengage your pelvic floor strength and reconnect with your body. In addition to the five poses below that will help you focus on regaining your pelvic floor strength, yoga can also increase calmness, decrease anxiety and depression, reduce irritability, increase energy, lower blood pressure, and reduce muscle tension for new mothers.

We all know getting back into a routine after childbirth is difficult, but always remember that in order for you to care for your child, you must first care for yourself.

Grab a yoga mat, blanket, or towel to dive into the following postures. Aim to hold or flow through each for 30-60 seconds.

Postpartum Yoga Poses: Chair Pose

Begin in a standing forward fold with your feet together. Reach your fingertips to the outside of your feet, bend your knees, and extend your hands over your head. Lift your chest up, bring your triceps by your ears, and place more weight into your heels.

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Postpartum Yoga Poses: Upward Facing Dog

Start in a high plank position, and untuck your toes so the tops of your feet are pressing into the mat. Press your hips down towards the mat, press your chest forward, and roll your shoulders back and down. Ensure that your thighs, knees, and shins are lifted off of the floor.

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Postpartum Yoga Poses: Bridge Pose

Begin lying on your back, place your feet on your mat, and walk your heels into your butt. Bring your hands by your hips, and press into your heels and shoulders to lift your hips up to the ceiling. Attempt to extend your fingers closer to your heels as you reach your hips higher.

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Postpartum Yoga Poses: Bird/Dog Flow

Begin in an all-fours position with your hands stacked over your wrists and elbows and your knees directly under your hips. Extend your right leg forward and your left leg back. Ensure that your wrist and shoulder are in one line as well as your ankle and hip. Once you find balance, pull your elbow and knee into the midline of your body. Then return your limbs to their extended position. Repeat this movement for 60 seconds on each side of the body.

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Postpartum Yoga Poses: Warrior 2

Begin with your feet hips width apart, and pivot your right foot towards the front of your mat. Ensure that your right heel and left arch are in a straight line. Bend your right knee to a 90-degree angle, and reach your arms out to a T. Press into both pinky toes and squeeze your inner thighs into the mid-line of your body.

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