Pregnancy is a special time in a woman’s life. It can also be overwhelming because you are juggling so many things at once, taking care of yourself and the baby, getting your body ready for the changes that are about to come. With all these changes, it’s difficult to maintain one’s fitness level. This is especially true if you already have an active lifestyle. If you do not, then this is the time to adopt new healthier habits that will stay with you for life.
Benefits of Yoga During Pregnancy:
Pregnant women can benefit from yoga exercises because they help ease muscle tension and discomfort due to the extra weight on the body. Yoga also helps prepare your body for labor by strengthening muscles and increasing flexibility.
Yoga has many other benefits that can be beneficial to expectant mothers. It helps them cope with the pressures of everyday life by improving their focus and concentration. As you learn to accept the changes taking place in your body, yoga will help you move on from feeling overwhelmed or depressed about it. Yoga will also improve your flexibility, which is important in labor.
Types of Pregnancy Yoga
Many types of yoga exercises can be adjusted to fit your physical condition during pregnancy. They include:
These pose help improve concentration and balance.
Standing Forward Folds:
They stretch the whole front part of your body, helping you relax while opening up the abdominal area for improved breathing.
This type of yoga pose helps build strength and leanness. It also eases discomfort caused by poor posture and awkward sleeping positions.
Seated Forward Folds:
They help open the chest area, which makes it easier for you to breathe and relax. They can also help reduce back pain and fatigue.
Arm and Leg Stretch:
These poses help increase the range of motion in the hips, ankles, and shoulders.
More Benefits of Pregnancy Yoga other Than Physical Benefits:
Aside from the physical benefits of yoga during pregnancy, it also increases a mother’s awareness of her body and teaches her to control its muscles. This will help you be more in tune with yourself and the baby when it comes time for labor. Yoga can also help improve your sleeping patterns and anxiety levels. Studies have shown that yogic breathing can help mothers sleep better, giving them more energy to care for their babies. In addition, it helps reduce stress and lower anxiety levels which is very important because the hormones produced during this period can cause mood swings or irritability.
Finally, there are some poses you should not do when pregnant. It is best to avoid the triangle pose, the headstand, and the handstand. You should also avoid inversions such as a downward dog or the shoulder stand. These poses require a lot of concentration which cannot be spared during pregnancy.