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The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga Throughout Pregnancy and Delivery

November 20, 2019

Prenatal yoga is a form of exercise for pregnant women that is steadily gaining popularity. Yoga during pregnancy is a great way to stay fit and active. There are countless benefits found in expecting mothers who practice prenatal yoga. This article will cover some of those benefits and why it is not too late to start prenatal yoga.

Finding a prenatal yoga class that’s right for you

If you have not practiced yoga in the past, it is important for you to find the class best suited for you. Ask around to see if there are any local establishments that offer classes geared toward pregnant women. Prenatal yoga classes are excellent introductions to yoga and will ease your body into a new fitness regimen.

Those women with more yoga experience may choose to continue their normal classes. Normal classes are generally fine during early pregnancy, but as the baby continues to develop, it is recommended that you adjust or modify your routine to accommodate your body accordingly.

In the event that you are unable to locate a place that offers prenatal yoga classes, connect with different yoga instructors to see if they can work with you. Many yoga teachers are able to alter their classes for your benefit; however, some are not experienced in teaching pregnant women. Be sure to find a yoga instructor with the correct experience to work with you.

Stay fit physically and mentally

Prenatal yoga is an excellent way to stay fit throughout your pregnancy. The continual practice of yoga will help you build your strength and endurance, both of which will help you during your pregnancy.

Developing strength and endurance will help in the delivery of the baby. Practicing yoga can strengthen the hips and pelvis. Strong hip and pelvic muscles can help with the pushing and endurance required during childbirth.

In general, increased strength and endurance will help you feel better throughout the day. You will be able to handle more stress on your body and better deal with the typical aches and pains associated with pregnancy.

In addition to building physical strength, practicing prenatal yoga encourages mental strength. Yoga does an excellent job of strengthening the mind by practicing mindfulness in everyday situations. Mindfulness means being in the present, which will allow you to remain calm during stressful or strenuous circumstances.

Having stronger mental health means that you will be quick to adapt to sudden changes, as well as better equiped to take them on. Practicing yoga is a great way of maintaining your focus so your mind does not drift toward negative thought patterns. Yoga has been known to help both expecting and new mothers deal with the depression and anxiety that sometimes occurs during the perinatal period.

With a healthy mind and a strong body, you will have an easier time sleeping. Prenatal yoga can improve your sleep. Studies have shown that women who regularly practice yoga are more likely to have normal sleep cycles with less disruptions in sleep throughout the night. Better nights of sleep will improve both your physical and mental health.

Yoga also helps to keep the body active and burn additional calories, effectively reducing excessive weight gain in pregnancy. A healthy body for the mother will promote healthy development in the child. Additionally, prenatal yoga will facilitate quicker weight loss after birthing your child.

Practicing prenatal yoga safely

While prenatal yoga is encouraged amongst pregnant women, it is imperative that the safety of both you and your developing child remain the primary goal. There are a number of yoga poses that are suggested for pregnant women, but there are also yoga poses that should be avoided until after delivery.

Simple yoga poses such as the lotus pose, warrior pose, or extended triangle pose are all great for pregnant women seeking to engage in prenatal yoga. There are many more yoga poses you can practice as well. Speak with your yoga instructor to determine which poses are best to relieve both back pain and stress.

Your yoga teacher may also tell you what poses you should avoid. These include moves that put unnecessary stress on you, your baby, or both. Any pose that causes abdominal pain or contractions should be avoided.

Thankfully, a qualified yoga instructor can provide you alternative moves that promote safe movements. Speak with them to gain a better understanding of what your body is and is not capable of during pregnancy.

There are also several different types of yoga classes that pregnant women should avoid. Some yoga classes are designed to push their participants physically in a high intensity session. These types of classes are not recommended for pregnant women.

Hot yoga could also be too dangerous for pregnant women. It can cause extreme dehydration and raise a woman’s core body temperature to levels unsafe for pregnancy. Yoga should be practiced in moderate environments and in a fashion that will not put too much stress on the body.

Closing thoughts

There are countless benefits to starting prenatal yoga. It can help strengthen both your mind and body and is a useful tool for managing stress during pregnancy. Whether you are a yoga enthusiast or have never even heard of “downward dog”, yoga is customizable and a great activity for all pregnant women willing to give it a try.

Talk to your doctor if you have any questions or concerns regarding the practice of prenatal yoga and its application in your pregnancy. Namaste!

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