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While this can be a pose that’s a bit tricky to come into the further along you go in your pregnancy, this seated hip opener is great for stretching the outer hips and thighs. When a small forward fold is added to it (as much as your flexibility and baby will allow), it will open up a tight piriformis muscle, which can often be one of the major causes of sciatic pain—that sharp, shooting electrical pain that runs down the side of one leg due to compression of the sciatic nerve. Sciatic pain is complicated and can be influenced by a variety of factors, but usually hip openers can really help, no matter the cause.
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