yoga and pregnancyYoga and pregnancy can go hand in hand. It can be really beneficial for pregnant women. If you already take yoga classes then you can continue to do so. However, if you have decided to begin yoga because you are pregnant then you will need to take a few things into consideration.

Yoga and Pregnancy Safety

Participating in a yoga class can really be beneficial for both you and your baby. It is a great way to get your body in shape for the actual delivery process. If you are new to yoga be sure to find classes that are labelled Prenatal Yoga Classes. These will be geared towards each trimester as you progress along with your pregnancy.

As with starting any type of new exercise pay attention to your body. Listen and respond to your body and if you are too sore or something is too difficult attempt to modify it. Your yoga instructor should be able to help you with modification.

If any exercise hurts or is too uncomfortable stop immediately. Your ligaments and joints react differently while you are pregnant, and it can be easy to injure yourself.

Benefits of Yoga While Pregnant

Many mothers report that taking Yoga Classes while pregnant really helped them mentally prepare for the birth of their child. As well they noted that the birthing experience was less stressful on their body and they regained their energy much faster.

Another great benefit of doing yoga while pregnant is that it helps to reduce your mood swings. Pregnant mothers also noted that they felt less achy and sore, especially as their bellies increased in size.

Recommended Prenatal Yoga Poses

There are certain yoga poses which are recommended and should be done regularly. The benefit of these yoga poses is that they will have very little impact on your joints.

The Cobblers Pose is a pose that helps your hips open and it can be done while reclining if necessary. You are going to sit on the floor and put the soles of your feet together. You then gently push your knees towards the floor.

The Modified Bellows Pose is another helpful position to learn. This pose teaches you to breathe better and will assist you during the delivery process. You want to hold your arms out with palms together and breathe deeply. Let your shoulders relax and exhale while placing your hands on your knees allowing your back to arch.

Both of these poses will help you stretch your muscles and allow your body tension to disappear.

As you can see yoga and pregnancy go very well together. As long as you don’t push your body and modify your classes you should encounter no problems. Once your baby is born you should wait at least six weeks before returning to yoga classes.

See my other yoga posts if you’re new and looking for a style that’s a good fit for you.

All the best,

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