Fertility-Boosting Yoga Poses
Can yoga actually help you get pregnant?! Studies show that yoga can help reduce stress, which can affect fertility. Some experts also believe that specific poses can help promote baby-making by increasing blood flow to your pelvis, stimulating hormone-producing glands, and releasing muscle tension.
Click to the following slides for a series of fertility-boosting yoga poses by Eden Fromberg, D.O, a board-certified gynecologist and yoga teacher in New York City. Do the workout four to five times a week for best results.
Staff Pose, Foot, and Ankle Warm-Up
Walking around in high heels can throw your pelvic floor out of alignment, which can hinder your lymphatic system and make it harder to get pregnant, Dr. Fromberg says.
Half Ankle to Knee
This hip-opening pose may help align your uterus properly, which makes conception more viable, say experts at the Fertility Specialists Medical Group in San Diego, CA.
Alternating Knee to Chest
If you sit at a desk all day long, your hip flexors are tight. This pose offers the baby-making benefits of releasing tension and correcting your alignment.
This pose helps promote resilient connections between your hips, pelvis, and lower back, and stimulates your immune and endocrine systems.
You can help improve your circulation and better align your pelvis when you perform this pose. Engage the same muscles you access in this pose while standing, walking, and sitting to help strengthen your core.
Shoulder Opening Mountain Pose
Shoulder tension tracks through the body and may create muscle restrictions from your neck to your pelvis, which can compromise breathing and elevate fertility-busting stress levels.
High Lunge With Side Stretch
Performing this pose gives your body a baby-making boost by opening your hips and pelvis. You'll know you're doing it correctly if you feel a stretch in the front of your pelvis and hip flexors, and along the side of your torso and hip.
By squatting, you'll build a strong pelvic floor -- something you'll need when you're carrying a growing baby. A toned pelvic floor can also give your sex life a boost.
Twisting helps to wring out any fertility-compromising tension that may be in your organs and muscles.
This restorative pose opens your hips and pelvis and can help you to relax -- something that's sometimes hard to do when you're trying to make a baby.
Stress and anxiety are fertility killers. Help increase your fertility just by relaxing and cooling down at the end of your workout.
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