During pregnancy, you’re front loaded with a growing belly and breasts and during postpartum, you’re breasts are still large (even heavier) and your shoulders are rolled forward from constantly cradling your baby and breastfeeding. This simple, joint-friendly, lightweight exercise is incredibly helpful in reducing neck, shoulder, and back pain while increasing upper back strength (specifically the deltoids, rhomboids, and trapezius muscles) and improving posture.
Tip: You can increase or reduce tension depending on where you grip the band. Try to challenge yourself with more tension (without compromising form). Avoid arching your low back or flaring your ribs so think about keeping your ribs down and over your hips. Remember to exhale and activate your pelvic floor and deep core muscles as you extend your arms to the side.