Having an exercise plan when you’re pregnant can boost your mood, improve sleep, and reduce pregnancy pains. A simple way to engage in an active lifestyle is through yoga. Yoga uses breath control and meditation to achieve health and relaxation. If you’re thinking of getting more involved in prenatal yoga, here are a few ways it can improve your life.
Prepare You for Labor
Many first time mothers fear labor. . Yoga helps prepare your body for childbirth through breathing techniques, which is an invaluable asset during labor. Patterned breathing helps alleviate pain and promotes a relaxed state. Also, through squats and hip-opening poses, yoga can help your baby get into position and help with pushing. Your yoga teacher can even tailor poses for women near the end of their last trimester to give you tools to cope with pain and ease childbirth.
Poses: Downward facing dog, three-legged dog, warrior 3, revolved warrior 1
Relieves Aches and Pains
Common side effects of pregnancy are back pains and aches throughout your body. Prenatal yoga strengthens the muscles that support the weight of the uterus – which increases as the weight of the baby increases – taking the pressure off the lower back. Prenatal yoga also reduces muscle tension through stretches that loosen up muscles in areas where they were previously tense.
Poses: Goddess, side goddess, wide-legged forward bend, wide squat
Helps Manage Anxiety
Studies have shown that yoga helps the body deal with stress and anxiety by slowing heart and breathing rates and lowering blood pressure. This is achieved by the calming atmosphere and music, as well as the relaxation and stretching techniques. Yoga is also a great way to slow down for a while and spend some time focusing on your body and baby.
Poses: Child’s pose, bridge pose, standing forward bend, eagle pose
To discuss whether yoga or other exercise plans are right for you during your pregnancy, schedule an appointment with Winter Park’s Obstetricians at Contemporary Women’s Care or call (407) 478-6249 today.