Yoga During Pregnancy: Benefits and Tips for Expectant Moms and Health
Pregnancy is a special time, filled with unknowns and exciting potential. Yoga can be a healthy and helpful way to navigate the physical, mental and emotional changes of the nine months ahead. Proper prenatal yoga practice offers numerous benefits to both mom and baby.
Studies have found that pregnant women who practice yoga experience less pain, better sleep, increased physical strength and a reduction in mood fluctuations during pregnancy. Women who practice prenatal yoga during their pregnancy also report an overall sense of well-being and a greater connection to their baby.
It is important for pregnant women to consult a qualified yoga instructor prior to beginning any yoga practice. Here are some tips for expectant moms and health professionals to ensure a safe yoga practice during pregnancy:
Seek a Qualified Prenatal Yoga Instructor
If you are pregnant, look for a qualified prenatal yoga instructor who understands the changes that occur during pregnancy and can provide modifications to specific postures.
Choose the Right Postures and Modifications
Prenatal instructors should be aware of the contraindicated poses and be able to advise which postures and modifications are suitable for each trimester.
Listen to Your Body
Prenatal yoga is about honoring the body and being in tune with what it needs. Women should never force themselves into a pose but rather remain attuned to their own body’s changes from day to day.
Balance Poses and Relax
Pregnant women should focus on finding balance between poses that work the muscles and those that help to relax and restore. Poses such as Balasana (Child’s Pose) and Supta Baddha Konasana (reclining bound angle pose) can help to prepare the body and mind for deep relaxation.
Yoga during pregnancy can provide many benefits to both moms and babies in the months ahead. With a qualified instructor and modified approach, yoga can be a safe and enjoyable part of a healthy pregnancy journey.