‘Early in your first trimester, you may feel dizzy because of low blood pressure,’ explains Aimee. ‘This happens because the pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes the walls of your blood vessels, causing your blood pressure to fall. This simple breath-awareness exercise can help you improve your entire respiratory system.’ The goal of this exercise is to slow your breath and lengthen both inhales and exhales.
Find a quiet place and sit on the floor or on a chair. Your spine and head should be upright but not rigid, with your shoulders relaxed. Place both hands on your hips.
As you inhale, direct the breath to your belly, as if you were filling the space between your hips, or your lower bump, with air. Take a few breaths until you feel you have established a connection to this area.
You will notice that your belly expands. When this happens, bring your awareness to your front and back ribs. Begin filling this part of your body with your breath, making sure that breath still starts from your lower belly. Take a few breaths to establish this connection.
Next, bring your breath all the way up into your upper ribs and collarbone area, making sure the breath still starts from your lower belly.
Pause for a moment between breaths, making sure not to tense up. Feel the sensations that arise when your body is full of breath.
Then, as you exhale, allow the expansion in your upper chest to release, followed by your middle ribs, and finally by drawing your belly button into your spine.