Are you pregnant but want to keep fit? Prenatal Yoga could be the answer for you! Yoga will boost the health of your mind and body and in addition, help to keep your pregnancy healthy and prepare you for both the birth of your baby and post-delivery recovery.Prenatal Yoga can be very beneficial to woman during their pregnancy. Independent midwife Manijeh Nedas says: ‘In my experience, I believe that yoga plays a very important role in pregnancy. Generally, pregnant mums who do yoga exercises appear healthier, both in mind and body. Their bodies are more flexible, which enables them to adapt to various positions when in labour and the ligaments are more elastic, which in turn can help to reduce labour pain.
If you are pregnant and considering joining a Prenatal Yoga Class, here a few benefits of prenatal yoga to encourage you to get started!
1) Strength Building & Relief from Pain– Yoga increases strength throughout your entire body. You will need the added strength to carry the pregnancy weight and to compensate for changes in balance. Building muscle will help to support the additional weight and specific yoga poses will help to stretch the muscles to create space and alleviate pain.
2) Focus on Breathing – Practicing breathing exercises can be very helpful to calm your body and maximize oxygen flow. Breath control also prepares you for labour and is a natural way to manage pain during labour and delivery.
3) Opens your Hips for Childbirth – Squats and other hip-opening poses can help your baby get into position and help you with pushing during delivery.
4) Calmness & Relief from Anxiety – Attention to breath, atmosphere, music and stretching can help to bring you back to the moment, free your mind of worry instead be clear and focused on the health of yourself and your baby.
5) Connecting with Other Moms – Prenatal Yoga is a great place to meet other moms in the same stage of life and can become a great source of support. After birth, you may want to find a Mom & Baby Yoga class to continue the supportive network.
Prenatal Yoga is time for you and your baby. Taking the time to focus on your pregnancy and to connect with the miracle of life growing in your body is a gift to cherish.