Prenatal yoga is one of the key ingredients of a happy and a healthy pregnancy. It has numerous health benefits ranging from emotional to physical health. This is one of the healthiest practices which need to be adopted by all the pregnant mothers. Adopting this type of yoga will enable you to feel great and stay calm during the entire period of your pregnancy. Below are the important ways in which prenatal yoga can help in making a positive difference or impact in your pregnancy.
Prepares the mother for delivery and labour
Prenatal classes are supposed to teach women how their bodies open up during labour and birth. Most women who are afraid of the delivery process, and they have a tendency of tightening up their muscles. Tightening of these muscles can lead to a “fear-tension-pain-cycle” which can sabotage your efforts to remain calm in labour. Most women will do this with the hope of minimizing pain during childbirth. There are mindful and deep yoga techniques which can help in loosening your body and keep it relaxed.
Improving the body support
Your body is always changing, but pregnancy can accelerate the rate of change. This means that there is a need to compensate and adjust your body to restore its healthy condition. Prenatal practice is well designed in supporting the different types of changes which occur during pregnancy. This is considered as one of the safest ways of strengthening your body as well as stretching your muscles. Stretching of the body muscles is one ways of supporting your growing belly.
Toning of muscles
Prenatal yoga is helpful in toning your physical body particularly the abdominal core muscles, pelvic floor, and hip muscles. Properly toned muscles have the right balance when it comes to strength and length. They are neither too tight or too lax. The process of maintaining and building muscles during pregnancy is a great way of minimizing pains and aches. Some of the yoga poses which aids in the building of muscles are gentle backbends and lunges. These poses will also help in toning your body even after delivery.
Connecting the mother with her unborn baby
Practicing yoga will help in taking time out of your busy home or work life. This will, in turn, improve the mother’s bond with the growing baby. There are certain poses which enable the mother to breathe deeply thereby connecting her with her baby. In fact, a journal published by Jessica Berger Gross states that exhaling will help in sinking your belly back towards your spine as if you are hugging your baby.