In today’s world, there is an ever increasing awareness of the need to maintain health and fitness. Yoga, as a form of exercise and meditation, is often cited as an ideal way to achieve these very goals.
But, what if you are pregnant? Will yoga still be ideal for you? Well, it just so happens that prenatal yoga may be the perfect fit for you to stay fit! And, it may have the added benefits of preparing your body for birth and promoting baby’s health, as well.
Prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise. As with all yoga, it concentrates on stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. It's a perfect complement to chiropractic care during your pregnancy! Research suggests that prenatal yoga can also:
· Improve sleep
· Reduce stress and anxiety
· Stabilize mood
· Lower blood pressure
· Manage weight gain
· Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles used in childbirth
· Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headache and shortness of breath
Additionally, breathing exercises practiced during yoga can be used to focus a mother during active labor. And the stretching and strengthening moves can ease in delivery and post-birth recovery.
Joining a prenatal yoga class also offers you an opportunity to make connections with other pregnant women. Such connections can be the beginning of an additional support system for you as you prepare for the challenge of being a new parent, or parent to a new addition.
The best programs are taught by instructors who are specifically trained in prenatal yoga, as prenatal yoga focuses on specific positions designed for pregnant women’s bodies. A typical class may consist of directed breathing, gentle stretching, postures, cool down and relaxation. Before joining, you may want to consider observing a class in session. This will help you determine if you are comfortable with the activities, instructor and environment.
Since it is so important to maintain fitness during pregnancy, it makes sense to participate in something geared just for you and your condition. Prenatal yoga is the perfect thing!