The Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga
You may be wondering how to stay fit while pregnant. And is there anything you can do to ease the process? Turns out, there’s one answer to both questions: pregnancy yoga.
The benefits of pregnancy yoga include promoting your baby’s health, helping you prepare for labour, and reducing stress and anxiety. It’s an all-around feel-good technique.
Below we’ll explain what pregnancy yoga is, introduce a few basic movements, and go through some of the top benefits. Let’s get started!
What’s the difference between normal yoga and pregnancy yoga?
Pregnancy yoga is still regular yoga, except it’s been adapted for pregnant women. Yoga is a vast subject. There are numerous forms and schools, each with its own benefits. Pregnancy yoga teaches the practices most beneficial to pregnant women.
Emphasis is placed on breathing, stretching, posture, and relaxation. This is a preparation for the birth course for the mind, body, and soul. But it also keeps you supple and calm throughout the pregnancy. It’s partly why it’s good for your baby: what’s good for mum is good for both.
The movements you’ll do at a pregnancy yoga class
We advise you to attend a group class if you’ve never done yoga before. There are tons of pregnancy yoga classes across the country and they always welcome a new face. Otherwise, here are some good basic poses to try out:
Standing forward bend
Relieve lower back tension by bending forward and down at the hips. Maintain a firm stand, feet hip-width apart, knees slightly bent. Hold your elbows below your head, and elongate your spine. Take a few deep breaths, and use your hips to pull you upright.
Yoga squat variation with a block
Stretch the back of your legs by performing a deep squat with support from a block. Place the block between your legs, keep a straight back, and descend from standing into a frog-like squat. Push your hands together in front of your chest as if in prayer.
Wide-knee child’s pose
You’ll feel pressure melt away with this position. Kneel on the floor (use a yoga mat); keep your knees splayed and your feet together; bow down, stretching your arms out in front of you.
How yoga helps during labour
Here are some key pregnancy yoga benefits for labour:
- Breathing exercises help regulate your emotions and mood. As your hormones spike like a rollercoaster, pregnancy yoga keeps you grounded. And it’s fantastic preparation for labour.
- Pregnancy yoga stretches and strengthens many of the muscles involved in the birth of your baby. Combined with good posture control and breathing, it is one of the best ways to help cope with contractions.
The mental and breathing benefit of pregnancy yoga
Here are some key mental and breathing pregnancy yoga benefits:
- Relaxation is essential during pregnancy. Pregnancy yoga helps with sleep and fitness, key factors behind much of our stress.
- When we attend a local pregnancy yoga class, we build our support networks. Fellow expectant mums are the best group to talk to – often, you’ll receive fantastic advice.
- Breathing increases the oxygenation of the blood, improving the baby’s health and relaxation. That also helps the baby during delivery.
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