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Yoga during Pregnancy

Reviewed by James Brann, M.D.

Yoga will Help Keep You Fit for Delivery

Yoga during pregnancy is very safe and beneficial. If you have been practicing yoga or another form of body therapy prior to pregnancy you'll find you can easily adapt your routine to accommodate your growing belly. If however you are not familiar with yoga and its related benefits, pregnancy is the best time to sign up for a prenatal yoga class and enjoy the benefits of yoga during pregnancy.

Yoga provides pregnant women with many benefits. Among the more common benefits including stretching and release of muscular tension associated with pregnancy. Yoga during pregnancy can help teach you how to breathe and relax in preparation for labor, and help you meet the physical and mental demands required of motherhood.

Yoga in pregnancy will help keep you fit for delivery.

There are certain yoga poses that are not beneficial, and may inhibit blood flow to the uterus. You'll want to be sure you practice yoga in a safe environment with a professional. Alternatively you can try a prenatal yoga video or DVD that is filled with safe postures for you to try during pregnancy. There are some yoga poses that stretch the muscles a bit too far during pregnancy. These include poses that focus on abdominal stretching.

During pregnancy, a woman's body produces a hormone called relaxin that helps loosen the joints and ligaments in preparation for labor and delivery. This can also promote stretching too far during yoga. Be sure you listen to your body when performing any pose and take things easily at first to reduce your risk of injury. Again if you have not practiced yoga before you might consider a prenatal yoga class. Here you'll find an instructor jam-packed with helpful information that can help you improve your posture and ensure you are performing all yoga moves safely and effectively.

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Here are some benefits yoga has to offer during pregnancy you may not be aware of:

  • Yoga can help lower blood pressure.

  • Many yoga participants report sleeping better.

  • Yoga can help improve digestion.

  • Yoga is ideal for strengthening muscles and joints in a safe and non-impacting manner.

  • Yoga helps improve flexibility and promotes circulation throughout the body.

  • Yoga helps the body expel toxins from the body.

  • Yoga is ideal for reducing anxiety and stress.

If you are hesitant to try a class there are literally dozens of yoga videos, DVDS and books available that teach safe poses and explain the benefits of yoga during pregnancy. The only downside of a video is you lack professional guidance. A yoga instructor can help align your posture and ensure that you are performing all poses correctly. If you prefer to work out from home you might consider a single session with a yoga instructor to ensure you are performing all postures and poses correctly.

Post Partum Yoga

Many women who participate in prenatal yoga find they have a strong desire to continue yoga after they deliver. Much like yoga during pregnancy, yoga after pregnancy offers a wealth of similar health benefits, and can help a new mom gain back her figure must faster than if she were not exercising. Yoga is also more gentle than some other forms of physical activity, and is ideal for mothers wanting to take things slow.

Whether pregnant or recently pregnant, you are bound to find yoga the ideal form of exercise to rejuvenate and relax your body. Yoga is an ideal form of exercise that helps connect the mind, body and spirit. You can even use yoga to connect with your baby! Why not try something new and unique during your pregnancy? You'll enjoy the health benefits and the relaxing side effects yoga during pregnancy has to offer.


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