Pregnancy Yoga has so many benefits.
By: Amalia Liberman, Journalist
Description: When a woman stands at the threshold of motherhood, pregnancy yoga helps to find the right mental balance. It also assists with physical stamina to deal with the new challenges at the pre as well as postnatal stages.
Yoga is the best way to ensure health and wellness at every stage of life. Yoga is a way of life for many yogis; however it is never too late to start if you have never practiced yoga! It is highly suggested you start your practice with an experienced teacher.
What is Pregnancy Yoga?
Pregnancy yoga is no different than traditional yoga. It involves breathing techniques and yogic postures that include mild stretching and some physical movements. These postures help build muscle strength and stamina to deal with the challenges the body goes through during the entire process of carrying and delivering the baby.
Keeping the safety parameters in mind the traditional yogic postures are modified to ensure the right balance of physical movement and mental relaxation of an expecting mother.
Let’s look at some of the benefits of Pregnancy Yoga:
Makes You Better Equipped to Deal with Physical Changes
The body goes through constant changes at the time of pregnancy. As the baby grows, it puts pressure on the other internal organs. Some of the symptoms include short breaths, inability to control the urge to pass urine, and unwarranted flatulence. The physical conditions may become worse with the hormonal changes affecting both the mind and body. Pregnancy yoga reaps many benefits when you are dealing with all these changes in your body. It also helps to ease our cramps, swelling, and other aches and pains that every pregnant woman faces.
Prevents Several Medical Conditions
An otherwise healthy woman with no history of any autoimmune disease may get detected with gestational diabetes or thyroid issues. Some even have erratic blood pressure. Regular practice of pregnancy yoga helps you keep such medical conditions in check.
Readies Your Body for Delivery
One of the significant outcomes making pregnancy yoga worth the time and effort is it prepares you mentally as well as physically for labor and delivery. Regular practice of mindful breathing and exercising to strengthen the relevant muscle group helps women deal with the stress and pain during childbirth.
One of the many perks of registering for online yoga classes are they offer websites or social media pages connecting you to amazing sites selling baby products including cute cribs and baby activity mats that you can order for their rooms.
Helps You Connect
Apart from all the health benefits, the best reason to start Pregnancy Yoga is it helps you to connect with your baby and other like-minded moms-to-be. You can actually feel the baby’s movement better. An hour of yoga class is particularly helpful for busy women. You can take time from your work schedule and use that time to connect not just with yourself and your baby, but with other pregnant women.
Is It Safe to Start Yoga During Pregnancy?
Yes, yoga is safe for pregnancy. It does not matter whether you have been practicing yoga before you conceived or not. You can start yoga at any stage of your pregnancy. When it comes to Pregnancy Yoga, what to avoid is a important question.
Firstly, you should practice yoga under the supervision of a trained and certified instructor. If you are taking an online yoga class or following a pre-recorded online tutorial, you should be careful to observe each step before doing it on your own. If something does not feel right, then modify it or do not do it. Make sure to find what is comfortable for your practice.
I hope you connect with your “inner yogi” and give Pregnancy Yoga a chance. I am confident you will feel the benefits quickly and it will help make your pregnancy easier and more special.
Amalia Liberman is a wife and a mother of two as well as a novelist and writer. The author has been featured in Women’s Health magazine and written a variety of articles in many lifestyle magazines. Her passions lead her to search for knowledge on useful topics and she loves sharing her findings.