Best Stretching Equipment for Pregnancy iMore 2019

A consistent stretching routine is important for pregnant women and offers a myriad of benefits for you and your little one. Stretching makes you more flexible, keeps your muscles loose and relaxed, and can ease those pesky pregnancy aches and pains. Plus, it'll help you maintain mobility through every trimester, preparing you for the rigors of delivery. These are the best stretching tools for expecting women, so you can get your stretch on throughout every trimester.

Breathe, stretch, let it go: Manduka PRO Yoga Mat

Staff Favorite

Yoga is a wonderful practice throughout your pregnancy and the Manduka PRO is the best mat out there. Its high-density cushion and 6mm thickness offers superior joint protection and unmatched support. It has a closed cell surface that prevents sweat from seeping into the mat and is non-toxic, comes from emissions-free manufacturing, and is 100% latex free.

From $106 at Amazon

Low-back hip relase: Dynapro Exercise Ball

This ball is great for pregnant women because it offers low back and hip release, and it helps open your hips to make room for your baby to descend into your pelvis towards the end of your pregnancy. This particular ball comes in four different sizes and comes with its own pump for inflation. The thick PVC casing provides optimum puncture resistance and it can support up to 2000lbs.

From $18 at Amazon

Stretch strap: OPTP Strap

This strap is great for expecting Mamas because you probably don't have the mobility that you used to with that growing baby belly of yours. It provides you with 10 individual loops for versatility and adjusted stretching throughout your pregnancy. This woven nylon strap is 6'4" and poses a multitude of benefits for the overall health of you and your baby, such as greater flexibility, improved range of motion, and enhanced muscle recovery.

$16 at Amazon

Sweet dreams & assisted stretching: PharMeDoc Pregnancy Pillow

Sometimes the best stretch for pregnant women comes from a pillow. This c-shaped body pillow design replaces the need for multiple bed pillows and helps support your back, hips, knees, neck, and head. This pillow can be reconfigured into several different shapes to allow for wonderful restorative stretching and release, including a coil, so you can insert your bump into the hole and lay face down (probably for the first time in months), giving your entire back the most delicious stretch and release.

$40 at Amazon

Roll it out Mama: Reehut Yoga Wheel

This yoga wheel features a hybrid TPE foam which is comfortable and sweat resistant with 10mm of extra thick padding for comfort and grip. It can support up to 330lbs and is a great fitness and stretching tool to assist you with spinal stretches, improving core strength, opening your shoulders and chest, and improving your flexibility and balance. It is 12" in diameter and 5" wide and comes with an ebook for instruction and guided stretching.

$25 at Amazon

A cushy lift: Cushy Form Elevating Leg Rest Pillow

Kiss your aching feet goodbye by keeping both legs elevated with this leg rest pillow. This memory foam, layer support, pillow can improve circulation, relieve back, hip, and knee pain, and help reduce the discomfort of those swollen pregnancy feet. This pillow is made of high-density memory foam and comes with a breathable, machine washable cover.

$54 at Amazon

Treat yo tootsies: Yoga Toes GEMS

These Yoga toe foot fixers are wonderful for pregnant feet and can soothe a variety of ailments from plantar fasciitis to hammer toes to chronic foot pain. Endurance, balance, and mobility all depend on well-functioning toes and these GEMS soothe aching feet and strengthen neglected, weak toes; stretching and fixing foot problems naturally.

$30 at Amazon

Bolster me: YogaAccessories Supportive Round Yoga Bolster

This yoga bolster is a wonderful prop for assisted stretching and support throughout your pregnancy. It is made of 100% cotton, comes with a zippered case, and is machine washable. There are handles on each end making moving it and adjusting it easy, and it's a large size: 28" long x 10" diameter and weighs 6lbs.

$39 at Amazon

Yoga blocks: Manduka Cork Yoga Block

These Manduka cork blocks are made of sustainable cork and possess a firmness that allows you to feel secure in the support they generously provide. They have a resilient solid structure and an easy-to-grip textured surface with comfortable contoured edges. They measure 9"x6" and weigh 2.5lbs and are perfect for solo stretching or your Yoga practice through every trimester.

$20 at Amazon

Strapping: Tumaz Yoga Strap

Tumaz yoga strap is a simple non-elastic band that provides extra stability and flexibility while you stretch. It's made of extra thick special knit and can support 2000lbs. This strap comes in many colors and different sizes: 6ft, 8ft, & 10ft to suit your body and your practice, and the manufacturers offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee or your money back.

$7 at Amazon

Roll & release: AmazonBasics High-Density Round Foam Roller

This high-density foam roller has molded edges and is ideal for stretching, balance, strengthening, flexibility, and rehab exercises. It's made from molded polypropylene to maintain firmness, and is lightweight and easy to clean and transport. It measures 12x6x6 and is perfect for all body types through every trimester of pregnancy.

$11 at Amazon

Sweet, stretching, release

Our favorite is the Manduka PRO Yoga Mat because it provides a high-density, closed cell, well-cushioned surface to practice all your Yoga stretching on. You can also use it in conjunction with some of the other Yoga props on this list like the Manduka Cork Yoga Block and/or the YogaAccessories Supportive Round Yoga Bolster for even more support and assistance while you stretch.

Whether you're in the first trimester or the third, keep stretching Mama! It will keep you open, healthy, and happy while you prepare for birth and the arrival of your baby.

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