One of the first things your obstetrician will tell you is to exercise regularly throughout your pregnancy. If you’re looking for something new, or want to add an activity to your current exercise routine, consider prenatal yoga. Here’s ten reasons why you should.[wp_ad_camp_1]
1. Its SO relaxing.
Whether you take a prenatal yoga class at a local studio or watch a prenatal yoga video at home, the experience is sure to be relaxing. Prenatal yoga is designed to help you focus on your breath, ground down into the present moment, and relax after a long day of nourishing your growing baby inside of you!
2. It’s super safe.
During your pregnancy, you want to avoid activities that can potentially put you in harm’s way. Prenatal yoga is perfect because each pose is taught in a way that makes your baby’s safety the priority. You will typically practice in a climate-controlled environment, so you don’t have to worry about getting overheated if pregnant during the summer months.
3. It’s really beautiful.
Yoga has certain elegance to it. The flows between poses and the postures themselves can look and feel a lot like dancing. Even though exercises like walking and swimming are great for you, yoga can help you tap into your femininity. That can help on those days when you’re not feeling so glamorous.
4. It can reduce aches and pains.
From swollen feet to an aching back, pregnancy isn’t shy about giving your body a hard time. Prenatal yoga can help relieve your muscles and joints as you build strength and increase flexibility. Yogic breathing also tells your brain to relax, increasing the intensity of those good sensations in every stretch and posture.
5. It’s low maintenance.
You don’t need a bunch of equipment, special shoes, or expensive exercise clothes to do prenatal yoga. If you’re doing it at home, you might not even need a yoga mat. Just put on a pair of sweatpants and a comfy t-shirt, and you’re good to go!
6. It’s great preparation for labor and delivery.
Prenatal yoga includes postures and exercises that improve pelvic and hip flexibility and strengthen the muscles that will help deliver your baby. Yogic breathing is a great practice to have established before the due date so that you can keep breath flowing smoothly and evenly during labor.
7. It’s accepting.
No doubt about it, there will be times when you do a prenatal yoga pose and feel like a beached whale, but that’s honestly part of the fun! Prenatal yoga embraces your body at all stages of your pregnancy. Sometimes you’ll be able to do all the postures, and other days you’ll want to lie flat on your back. No matter how you’re feeling, prenatal yoga won’t judge you.
8. It’s convenient.
You can do prenatal yoga anywhere and anytime. If baby is kicking away in the middle of the night, a little prenatal yoga session is bound to rock her back to sleep. If you’re still working until maternity leave, there are poses that you can do at your desk or in your office without being disruptive.
9. It’s perfect for introverts.
Some moms-to-be aren’t interested in group exercise. Prenatal yoga is available in so many formats, including streaming video. You can do it in the comfort of your own home without having to deal with small talk.
10. But it’s perfect for extraverts, too.
You can take a prenatal yoga class at studio in your town, or you can invite over some friends to follow a video at home. You can have some nice conversation over lunch after a yoga practice, or get to know other moms-to-be after a class.
There are ten reasons you should do prenatal yoga during your pregnancy. If you’d like a taste of what it’s like, check out this video from Yoga4Mothers.com with Christelle Donaghy. She’ll show you the benefits of prenatal yoga squat pose. Of course, double check with your physician before starting a new exercise. Once you have the seal of approval, roll out your mat and enjoy! Images via: @brattbergskan