If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might be considering prenatal yoga.
But did you know that prenatal yoga might also help you prepare for labor and promote your baby’s health? During pregnancy your body goes through many changes, which create mental and physical stress.
A way to maintain a healthy mind and body is prenatal yoga.
Prenatal yoga focuses on poses for pregnant women, in order to increase strength and flexibility. It also helps pregnant women relax and develop proper breathing.
There are techniques for easier and more comfortable labor. It can be beneficial to expand your support system to include other pregnant mothers. While participating in a prenatal yoga class, you are getting the opportunity to meet other expecting mothers giving you the chance to talk with someone going through pregnancy whom you can share your concerns with.
What you have to know:-
While there are many benefits of yoga, it is important to remember not all yoga is safe for pregnant women. Any poses in which you lie flat on your back, or require a lot of abdominal stretching, are not recommended for pregnant women. There are pranayama (Breathing techniques) which are not recommended for pregnant women such as kapalbhati, and vastrika. It is important to consult your doctor before starting prenatal yoga.
There are many benefits to prenatal yoga including:
- Easier and more comfortable labor
- Maintain your body weight
- Prevent varicose veins
- Reduced stress
- Increased strength, flexibility and endurance
- Prevent sciatica pain
- Prevent lower back pain
- Decreased nausea
- Decreased carpal tunnel syndrome
- Reduced risk of preterm labor