I’m a big fan of stretching even though there is a lot of research and evidence and conflicting advice about whether we should or shouldn’t, benefits and how much we should be doing and for how long. If it feels ok, it’s probably ok.
My body ached during pregnancy; the increased weight, the imbalance, the pressure on your joints and all the relaxin which stretches your ligaments are to blame. Daily stretches and yoga were a godsend, plus relaxing. Postnatally, my body still aches. More from the awkward carrying of a baby, spending half your time on the floor, and bending and lifting when your abs are shot.
Here is a great stretching routine for the major muscles of the body that may be affected, perfect for pregnancy and beyond: