Exercise moves Qi – your body’s vital energy which is responsible for all physiology functions. Stuck qi results in feelings of tiredness, tight neck and shoulders, frequent headaches, bloating, constipation, low back pain, nausea and indigestion. Sound like familiar symptoms experienced in the first 12-20 weeks of pregnancy? It’s not a coincidence. As energy needs to be diverted to a growing baby, little else is left to move freely for you. Exercising regularly while pregnant can improve your Qi movement through your body which will increase your energy, reduce pain and improve digestion.
The long term consequences of stuck Qi in pregnancy can result in a breeched presentation, small growth, reduced nutrient supply to baby, longer labour times and extreme pain especially in the last 2 months.
I recommend a 20-30 min low intensity walk every day. Enough for you to feel energized but not so much that you feel exhausted. Swimming is a great option too, especially if you’re experiencing any pelvic or hip pain and find walking long distances painful. Yoga is great too as stretching often will move stuck Qi. Yoga also builds and strengthens your core strength which can improve labour and recovery post birth.
Acupuncture is extremely effective at moving stuck Qi, so if you find you’re doing enough exercise, you’re eating right but are still experiencing symptoms, pop on in for a treatment. It’s a great way to reduce pain and feel energized!