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Hello again, friends! I’m sure you’ve seen on my Instagram that I announced that Christopher and I are TTC baby #3! We are incredibly excited about beginning our final #ttcjourney. We already have two wonderful and adventurous little boys, Maximus and Jaxson, but we thought, “Hey, what’s one more?” Joking aside, I’ve already begun taking some prenatal vitamins, and have expressed a desire to start some fertility yoga to help on our journey to conceive. Fertility yoga is aimed at focusing energy towards your morning sun, if you know what I’m saying ;).
In this post, I’ll be mentioning how it can help your fertility, everything you need to get started, and my 5 favorite yoga poses for #TTC…
*IMPORTANT NOTE: You should always consult your health practitioner before taking supplements, vitamins, or performing certain exercises without the proper training or expertise. I have recommended a few of my favorite well-known yoga poses to increase fertility – however, I am not a licensed physician. Please consult your doctor if you have questions about performing certain physical activities that may be dangerous for you.
How Fertility Yoga Helps
Not only does yoga help increase your blood flow and align your pelvis, it also helps you RELAX. Relaxing sounds sooo easy, but can become increasing difficult to do after you’ve been trying, and trying, and trying….
I practiced a little fertility yoga here and there leading up to my pregnancy with Jaxson (my soon-to-be 2-year-old!) after almost a year and a half of negative tests. I refused to mention it to anyone else for fear of jinxing my efforts, or being discouraged from doing it. One of the friends used to call it “a bunch of hocus pocus”. I do actually believe it helped us conceive, however, and fully tout the benefits of Fertility Yoga now! I personally felt healthier, leaner, more relaxed, and more positive – which personally worked wonders for my mindset and my body.
What You’ll Need
All you really need are the basics. You can get by with a yoga mat, a hair tie, some cute leggings, and a comfy tee! I got mine from Etsy.
Now that you have everything you need, we can get started on some great fertility yoga poses…
My 5 Favorite Yoga Poses For Fertility
The Lotus pose is a little harder than it looks – your feet are literally IN your lap, crossed. I loving call it the ‘pretzel‘, because that’s how I feel when I do this pose ;). This pose centers a lot of energy towards your pelvic region, and helps to balance your hormones.
Sit down on your mat, with your legs extended. Pull your right knee to your chest, and position your right ankle to sit in the crease of your left hip (foot facing upwards). Bend your left knee, and pull your left ankle over top of your right shin. Rest your hands on your knees with your palms facing the sky. Create a circle with your index finger and thumb while leaving your other fingers extended (know as Gyan Mudra). Hold this position for 1 minute, meditate, and dream of that sweet baby smell!
2. Cobbler’s Pose
The Cobbler pose = Butterfly pose. This pose has two different names you might be familiar with, and is probably my favorite because it’s a great resting pose for this mama ;). The Cobbler pose can help ensure a healthy delivery when you practice this post into late pregnancy, also!
Sit on that tushy of yours, bend your knees and press your feet together so they meet. Pull your feet in towards your pelvis, resting your hands on your feet. Inhale, exhale, and relax. Hold this position for 1-2 minutes.
3. Cobra Pose
The Cobra position helps increase blow flow to the uterus and ovaries, increasing your fertility. It can also help with the production of cervical mucus (which helps the sperm reach the egg).
Start on your yoga mat with your stomach to the floor, hands flat on the floor to the sides of your chest. The tops of your feet should be facing the floor. Exhale, and slowly push your chest off from the floor while arching your back and extending your neck. Push your hips, hands, and feet down to the floor. Hold your position for 1-2 minutes.
4. Supported Bridge Pose
This position helps open up and expand the pelvis.
Start with your back on the floor, and your feet flat on the floor, knees apart about 12 inches. Press your lower back into the floor, exhale, and lift your pelvis into the air. Hold position for 1-2 minutes. Inhale, exhale, inhale, exhale. Slowly lower your pelvis back down to the floor. Once you gain more flexibility, you can create more of an arch by pressing your hips towards the ceiling.
I’m working on the flexibility part, too, so don’t worry. We got this.
5. Legs Up The Wall Pose
The Legs Up The Wall pose is exactly what it sounds like. Okay, so I’m not the most flexible person in the world, and you’ll notice that my legs are in fact NOT against a wall. If you’re like me, and can’t really touch your toes or hold your legs out straight, you can hold them in the air where it’s comfortable. This pose is usually done against the wall (typically after you and your partner have been intimate).
Lie flat on the floor on your back, arms at your side and palms facing the floor. If you are doing this pose against the wall, rest your legs against the wall. Holding this position for 20 minutes after intimacy can help all of that ‘baby dust’ reach its destination!
So this isn’t part of my Fave 5, but I wanted to include it as I always end in Child’s pose. This pose is especially great after doing the Cobra pose for the first time!
Position yourself on your hands and knees, slowly lower your hips to the floor extend your arms out in front of you. Hold this pose for as long as you like. When I have enough time (when nap time comes around, for instance), I will just inhale and exhale in this position for about 5 solid minutes.
What’s your experience with Fertility Yoga? Let me know in the comments below, and share this post!