How do I start?
Try these two sample postures, and remember that it's not about perfection; it's about focusing on the breath, body and baby, Kuykendall says:
Cat and cow. Lower yourself down on all fours, with your hands aligned with your shoulders, and knees aligned with your hips. To imitate your bovine friend, inhale as you arch your back, pull your tailbone up and lift your chin up toward the ceiling. Now think of a spooked Halloween cat. Exhale as you round your spine, pull your tailbone down and tuck your chin to your chest. Repeat.
Squats. With your partner or a buddy, stand with feet shoulder-width apart and hold each other's wrists for support. Exhale as you open your legs, make room for your belly and come down into squatted-seated position, or as far down as is comfortable. Inhale as you return to a standing position."
What's the alternative?
Not convinced that prenatal yoga is for you? That's fine, but at least make time for the deep breathing and meditation that prenatal yoga promotes. If you have just five minutes each day, use it to throw on some soft music, inhale and exhale slowly, "sit quietly, and focus on the baby and what's happening within," Kuykendall says. "It's a miracle and you don't want to miss it."