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Pregnancy stretches — pregnant woman practicing torso rotation
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To stretch the muscles in your back and upper torso, try the torso rotation. Sit on the floor with your legs crossed. Hold your right foot with your left hand. Then move your left hand behind you, slowly open your upper body to the right. Hold for several seconds, and then return to the starting position. Switch hands and repeat on the other side. Gradually work up to 10 repetitions on both sides.

If you're uncomfortable sitting on the floor, sit on a mat or towel.

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