Due to its life enriching qualities yoga is very popular amongst pregnant women. Yoga is a blessing for avoiding complications during pregnancy. Yoga during pregnancy acts as a shield for coping with pregnancy successfully. Set aside your ego and honor where your body is at today. Practice loving compassion for yourself and baby. Prenatal Yoga is one of the best things that you can do for yourself, as well as your growing baby.
Looking specifically at a pregnant woman’s body, yoga can specifically work the areas with the most need in a class geared toward pregnant women. Studies have suggested that practicing yoga while pregnancy can also improve sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth.
Below are some of the most important pains, areas of interest and common pregnancy issues yoga can safely and gently alleviate and improve.
- Develops stamina and strength
As baby grows within our body, more energy and strength is needed to be able to carry the weight. Yoga poses strengthen our hips, back, arms and shoulders.
Our balance is challenged physically as the fetus grows within our body. Emotionally we are drained due to the increases in progesterone and estrogen. As we try to focus on holding and breathing through each yoga pose, we are able to fine tune our balance, physically and emotionally.
- Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
As baby grows, more stress is put upon these specific muscle groups in our bodies. We tend to have more of a lordotic/lower back curve due to the increased size of our bellies. Our hips get tighter due to the added pressure of baby’s weight in our bellies. As our breasts increase in size, our upper back and chest have more tension, along with our neck and shoulders.
- Calms the nervous system
Through deep breathing, the nervous system goes into parasympathetic mode, which is responsible for relaxation. When our bodies are in that mode, our digestions operate properly, we tend to sleep better, and our immune system is at its optimal.
5.Yoga also provides lots of post delivery benefits. It helps to maintain a proper body shape post-pregnancy. It strengthens the pelvic floor and abdominal muscles post-pregnancy. You can start practicing yoga six to seven weeks after delivering a baby to enjoy the post-delivery benefits of yoga. The post-delivery yoga also helps to maintain a proper body weight.