Prenatal yoga is a great way to relax during your pregnancy. It should also be noted that it is an exercise that provides great benefits for you and your baby, as well as being excellent in preparation for childbirth. If you consider practicing it and enjoying these benefits, there are some questions you may want answered so that you are better informed. That is the goal of this blog, to give you information about everything you need to know about yoga during pregnancy. Join me on this fascinating topic.
How can I practice prenatal yoga?
We begin with this question, which is one of the most fundamental and one of the most recurrent doubts of future mothers. First of all, we must tell you that before practicing any exercise, make sure that it is approved by your doctor.
You must keep in mind that yoga is an exercise that is based on posture, balance and breathing techniques. Strength and endurance are involved so during pregnancy it can be demanding.
Moving now to the stages of pregnancy, the exercises should vary and be appropriate to each individual stage. In this case there are three main stages:
The first stage (first trimester): It is when the adaptation process is experienced, so you have to take things easy. Above all, relaxing and breathing exercises accompanied by slow movements are recommended.
The second stage (second trimester): It is the most balanced stage of pregnancy. The mother has already gone through the adaptation process and is stronger, just like the baby. Trunk stretching exercises are recommended to create space in the uterus. In this way both the mother and the baby will be able to breathe better.
The third stage (third trimester): Here you have to be more careful. At this stage you will feel heavier and it is better to avoid unnecessary efforts. Here you should be more focused on staying comfortable and preparing yourself physically, mentally and spiritually for the arrival of the baby, that is, delivery.
To take into consideration What not to do!
Regarding yoga styles, there are some exercises that you should avoid at all costs. Avoid doing exercises or postures that are too demanding. Similarly, you should avoid practices with very high temperatures. For example, there are certain types of yoga that are practiced in rooms with high temperature and humidity. This can affect your pregnancy and lead to a condition known as hyperthermia. Avoid poses where you overuse your abdominal strength.
Always, but always before doing any exercise, consult an expert instructor in the field.
What benefits does it bring?
The most noticeable benefits that you can see when practicing yoga during your pregnancy are:
You will sleep better: Exercise is an incredible and ancient technique to relax the body and therefore achieve better quality sleep. Yoga takes this benefit to the next level, something that you will appreciate since during your pregnancy you will need to rest well.
- Reduces anxiety and stress: Another benefit of relaxation, it provides peace of mind during exercise.
- Strengthens the muscles: Especially prenatal yoga focuses above all on strengthening the muscles in charge of labor. Strength, flexibility and resistance will be increased so this task will be much easier for you. You can also work on the strength of the pelvic floor.
- Reduces the pain associated with pregnancy: improves your posture, so back pain will be less frequent and you can even eliminate it completely.
- Reduces shortness of breath: During pregnancy any activity becomes more difficult, including breathing. The ancient breathing techniques that you will learn with yoga will help you improve it and reduce its difficulty.
To conclude, we can only recommend that if you are going to start practicing prenatal yoga, before taking any step it is important that you get the guidance of an expert instructor specially trained in this matter. This is the best way to know which are the most suitable exercises for you. We invite you to generate these wonderful health benefits for your baby in the safest way. We hope that this information has been very useful to you.
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