To say that yoga is never to late, too early, too stiff or otherwise inflexible, not to flexible, OR not too experienced or too tight to enjoy all the benefits that yoga can bring into your life, body and mind, would be to put it mildly, underestimating even the most beneficial aspects of this ancient practice. Yoga has always been known for providing relief to pregnant women from stress, fatigue, nausea, depression, back pain, osteoporosis, insomnia, morning sickness and more. Yoga also provides relief from constipation and acid reflux. And for women who experience morning sickness, yoga is often prescribed as a calming influence on morning nausea and other symptoms of pregnancy.
The 5 benefits of pregnancy yoga that we’re going to discuss today help to relax both mother and child in preparation for delivery and helps both mother and child achieve a state of deep relaxation. This allows the expecting mother to handle the physical changes taking place both physically and mentally, and it helps her to be able to better take care of her baby. Some of the many benefits of yoga that help with relaxation and control of anxiety include:
Improved Posture And Better Breathing
Improved posture and better breathing. Pregnancy yoga teaches the expectant mother to sit properly and hold her posture correctly, breathing deeply and with awareness. Posture is very important, particularly during labour, because it allows easier access for labour and easier ways to keep the baby from moving around. Proper breathing aids are also important as they calm both the mother and child and help to keep labour easier.
Better Pelvic Floor Flexibility. During labour, the pelvis will be opening up and stretching, sometimes painfully. This movement can cause intense pain, and some women find that having regular classes can reduce the occurrence of this pain. In addition to the strengthening of pelvic floor muscles, yoga also stretches the muscles of your abdomen, which is often weakened during labour. This gives the baby greater access to the mother’s pelvis and may result in fewer cases of caesarean sections.
When you do yoga during pregnancy, you focus on your breathing. You do breathing exercises to calm your nerves and prepare yourself for childbirth. Many expectant mothers have said that they found their breathing to become much calmer when they began practicing pregnancy exercises.
Better Delivery. Through the process of labour, the cervix begins to open and the baby’s entrance can be seen. This can be a scary time for us, and being able to see the baby in its early stages can be a welcome sensation. If you have any doubts about your own ability to deliver, yoga during pregnancy can help you relax during this time as well.
Some people experience a great deal of stress when they become pregnant. Yoga is a great way to lessen the amount of stress that is experienced. This can help reduce the symptoms of morning sickness, fatigue, and nausea, while it is also a great way to calm down and soothe any pains that women may experience.
As you can see, there are many benefits of postures during pregnancy. There is no single set routine, and the routines should be individualized to meet the needs of your baby. However, performing these five core postures at least four times a week is an excellent way to keep the body and muscles healthy. Your baby will thank you for it!