5 Benefits of Yoga during pregnancy

Anjali SharmaFitness, Prenatal Yoga

Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages. Yoga will help you feel great and stay positive during the most important months of your pregnancy. Here are some of the important benefits of Yoga during pregnancy

1. Lend support to your changing body shape
During pregnancy, you body is changing at an accelerated pace. Prenatal Yoga is designed to support the changes that happen in a pregnant body. Yoga offers women healthy, safe ways to stretch their muscles and strengthen their bodies – their lower bodies in particular – to ease the process of supporting a growing belly.

2. Toning important muscle groups
Prenatal yoga tones the physical body, especially the pelvic floor, hip, and abdominal core muscles, in preparation for the birthing process.  Building and maintaining muscle tone during pregnancy, with yoga poses like lunges and back-bends, can help minimize the aches and pains your body would go through, and are key in bringing your body back to a toned condition postpartum.

3. Better preparation for labor and birthing
Muscle tightening leads to a “fear-tension-pain cycle”. This can destroy a woman’s efforts to remain calm in labor, especially if she hopes to experience childbirth with minimal or no pain medication. Working to connect with yogic methods of deep, mindful breathing can help the body loosen up and relax, and help women get to a “zen state” of birthing or labor.

4. Relief from common pregnancy related complaints
Prenatal yoga may be the cure for common pregnancy complaints such as lower back pain, nausea,headaches, shortness of breath, insomnia and carpal tunnel syndrome. By stretching and toning your muscles, you can help blood circulate throughout the body in a better way. Deep breathing can bring much-needed oxygen to your baby and to your own muscles. Although not all pregnancy complaints are guaranteed to disappear altogether, but the multidimensional approach of yoga to both physical and emotional health can help your body overcome the uncomfortable aspects of pregnancy with ease.

5. Making new friends
One of the greatest benefits of prenatal yoga may be joining a community with other expectant mothers. Your new friend circle becomes a pregnancy support group of sorts. Sharing the pregnancy journey with new friends can help ease your anxiety about impending motherhood.

5 Benefits of Yoga during pregnancy was last modified: August 31st, 2016 by Anjali Sharma