Originally Posted by Ratchet
Hero pose would work, it's comfortable for me. Where dies the block go? Under my bum? As opposed to just bum on my heals? (Which is how I sit at home when trying to not be a bad influence in DD). What for props when sitting in easy pose?
IKWYM about core stuff- I am pretty muscular, do some pretty major construction work on our house regularly (when not pregnant), lifting, squatting, etc, but who knows- that is probably just perpetuating the same-old-same-old. But I don't want to give up on yoga altogether, so accommodations like that hero pose might be just the thing.
The block or blanket roll is placed under the pelvis. Hero pose the legs are entirely alongside, the heels are not underneath.
As for adjustments in easy pose, you can try sitting up on a block. It sounds like the main tightness is in the hips. Working with hip openers as well as strengtheners will help with this somewhat.
Pregnancy is a good time to work on flexibility. You do not need to be working on it every day to see a benefit, though, of course, more will yield faster results.
Core primarily refers to the abdomen, which is off-limits for the most part during pregnancy (partially for safety but also because those muscle seem to become inaccessible! It was an odd experience discovering how much my abdomen helped with everything since I suddenly couldn't use them anymore.) But it is the muscles that wrap around your middle. Doing work certainly helps, but as I discovered when I was a professional gardener, hard work alone does not= strong core. It helps, but once you start working on it, you'll notice a difference. But that's not going to happen in prenatal yoga.
Thankfully, I don't think your main obstacle here as a core issue. I think first it's those hips, and that is something you can work on in prenatal yoga, in fact, there is no more advantageous time. Take advantage of that! You might never be able to sit in easy pose unassisted, but you might be able to reduce it down to a blanket roll. I know I feel more settled up on a blanket.
In the meantime, just use hero pose for a relaxing pose. Any yoga teacher worth their salt will understand.