Prenatal Yoga: Easing Leg Cramps

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Instructor Sarah Jane Steele
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Sometimes those involuntary muscle groups in the legs can act up during pregnancy giving us leg cramps and spasms or a feeling of reduced blood flow. This sequence aims to release the legs and stimulate blood follow to those stagnant areas so you can move and sleep and practice with a bit more ease in your pregnancy. Note: you will need a bolster or a few pillows for this class. Check out our video, 'How To Make Your Own Bolster', located in our blog. And if you like this class, you can check out Sarah-Jane's other prenatal yoga classes: Prenatal Yoga for Core StrengthPrenatal Yoga for Early Pregnancy, and Prenatal Yoga: Releasing the Spine

Equipment: Bolster
Style: Gentle Yoga, Postnatal Yoga


Left or right side?
Lauretta17 3 months ago

Can you lie on your right side at the end? Or it's necessary to lie on your left side? Thank you!

Sarah Jane Steele 8 months ago

In the video I remark that the reason we have leg cramps is there less "blood flow to lower half of baby" I meant "less to lower half of the BODY" as much of our increased blood volume is circulating to baby via cord/ placenta. We also get leg cramps due to lack of hydration so drink up! Thanks mamas

After Hike
eruvande 2 years ago

I'm not pregnant, but this was lovely and helpful to do before a longer practice on a day after an intensive hike.

Even if you're not pregnant..
Amberlamps 3 years ago

As an overweight woman I felt these leg exercises were a little easier for me to get into position with. Even though my joints and muscles may be ready to do things, there's a matter of being unable to do it simply because your weight just gets in the way. So I would say that this is definitely useful for overweight people as well as pregnant women!

Great Video!
drmilton 3 years ago

Great video! I'll pass this on to my pregnant patients.