21 Feb The Benefits Of Prenatal Exercise
If you’re pregnant and looking for ways to relax, stay fit and prepare for birth this it might be worth considering pregnancy yoga
What Are The Benefits Of Pregnancy Yoga?
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, pregnancy yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that pregnancy yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
For example, studies have suggested that prenatal yoga can:
- Improve sleep (which you will need!)
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
- Decrease the risk of preterm labour, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby’s growth
Pregnancy yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent. Our classes are always a thriving community of mums that enjoy chatting and being together.
Did you know that according to the Mayo Clinic, “Prenatal yoga can be a great way to prepare for childbirth.”?
What Happens During A Typical Pregnancy Yoga Class?
A typical prenatal yoga class may involve:
- Breathing. You’ll be encouraged to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. You may also practice different breathing techniques and making deep sounds, such as humming or grunting. Prenatal yoga breathing techniques may help you reduce or manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through contractions during labor.
- Gentle stretching. You’ll be encouraged to gently move different areas of your body, such as your neck and arms, through their full range of motion.
- Postures. While standing, sitting or lying on the ground, you’ll gently move your body into different positions aimed at developing your strength, flexibility and balance. Props — such as blankets, cushions and belts — may be used to provide support and comfort. You’ll also continue to focus on your breathing.
- Cool down and relaxation. At the end of each prenatal yoga class, you’ll relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm. You may be encouraged to listen to your own breathing, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions, or repeat a mantra or word to bring about a state of self-awareness and inner calm.
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