It soothes your mind and strengthens your body, which in turn can help you adjust to the physical demands of pregnancy, labour, birth and motherhood.
Benefits of Yoga During Pregnancy
During pregnancy, yoga:
May help in lowering the risk of pregnancy complications, such as high blood pressure.
Reduces stress and improves sleep.
Increases flexibility and builds stronger muscles needed for childbirth.
Helps manage pregnancy discomforts such as nausea, back pain and leg cramps.
Prenatal yoga classes mainly focus on exercises that focus on:
Gentle Stretching: Stretching exercises involve gently moving your neck and arms and other different areas of your body.
Focused Breathing: You will be asked to breathe slowly and deeply. Gaining control over your breathing can help you cope with labour pain and contractions.
Relaxation Techniques:Your pregnancy yoga classes will end with a relaxation period, which will help you relax your muscles. You may be encouraged to observe your thoughts, focus on areas where you feel most tension and will be asked to relax them or repeat a mantra to bring about a state of self-awareness.
Remember to seek permission from your doctor before starting the yoga classes, do safe yogasanas and keep all the precautions in mind.