Denby Sheather

"breathe deeply, tread lightly..."

Nausea relates to the quality of your blood.

Your nervous, digestive, hormonal and circulatory systems undergo great changes during pregnancy.  How healthy and balanced you were, (physically, emotionally and mentally) before conceiving, has a huge impact on how comfortable you will be in each trimester. The quality of your blood is governed by the Liver and Spleen and also affected by any emotional attachments you carry around in your heartspace and cell memory. Cycles of all kinds – menstrual, sleeping, eating and working – all reflect our ability to nourish, support and ‘feed’ ourselves appropriately, and as women, we often neglect to honour our femininity and individuality.

Nausea manifests when these energies build up inside our body, mind and emotional selves, making us literally ‘feel sick or queasy’.  We can’t absorb the good stuff or disperse the bad stuff. It is a sign that we are out of balance, that we are not cleansing, aligning and nourishing ourselves properly. When pregnant, your system digests the baby’s waste as well as yours, so the load on your blood increases tenfold. You are making another human being, it is a big job!, but if our blood is strong and balanced, most side-effects can be reduced and even avoided.

Ki Fusion Yoga posture for Nausea: Spleen Setu Bandha


Lay on your back with feet hip width apart ot support your widening pelvis. Have the feet slightly pigeon-toed, this helps engage the inner thighs to access the Spleen meridian that governs blood quality. Press your hands beside your hips and lengthen the shoulders away from the ears to free the neck. Keep chin tilted towards the collarbones but don’t jam the throat as this will impinge blood and lymph flow. As you exhale, press feet firmly into the mat and lift the hips to whatever height is comfortable. Inhale float down and connect spine with the mat again. Roll up and down with your breath, almost like a wave, and create an oceanic quality and sound to your breath by slightly contracting the back of the throat – Ujjai breath – this also calms the kidneys and adrenal glands that work overtime during pregnancy. Repeat 6 times then hold up for a few breaths, working the legs and buttocks to cultivate patience, strength and a flexible spine. Come down and rest, hugging knees around belly to the chest and rock to release. Lay on your side with a bolster or pillow between your knees and ankles after to allow blood to circulate and for your pulse to settle.      

You can practice this pose anytime you feel nauseous or in need of some subtle spinal movement. When your spine is supple and your legs are strong you are more likely to relax into pre labor with a sense of trust in your body’s power and ability to open freely.  When your spine and pelvis feel safe and supported, the mind will surrender more easily to the natural process of birth. Babies also love the rocking sensation and can often be encouraged to move into an optimal position prior to birth.

Birth blessings,