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Why is Prenatal Yoga beneficial for Expecting Mothers?

Pregnancy is the time when a mother needs to take complete care of her. During pregnancy, your body goes through many changes that are physically as well as mentally. To maintain and healthy and a peaceful mind prenatal yoga is essential.

Many expecting mothers have doubts about prenatal yoga such as what are its benefits? Why is it necessary? How will it be done? Well, you do not know how good it is for your health and for your baby.

We will discuss prenatal yoga in this article so do not forget to read below its amazing benefits.


What is Prenatal Yoga?


If you’re pregnant and need something which will keep you fit and active then prenatal yoga might help you. It focuses on some Yoga poses for pregnant women, to increase strength and flexibility. It also helps in proper breathing and relaxation techniques for comfortable labor and also promotes baby’s health.

But before you start with prenatal yoga, understand the possible benefits of it and also some important safety tips.


What are benefits of Prenatal Yoga?


Prenatal Yoga is good for overall wellness. It is an exercise that will maintain your pregnancy wellness. It encourages in stretching, mental stability and benefits the baby as well.


There are numerous benefits of Prenatal Yoga:-

  • Improves Sleep
  • Reduces Anxiety and Stress
  • Increases flexibility and strength of muscles which is needed for childbirth
  • Decreases shortness of breath and headaches
  • Decreases back pain and nausea
  • Reduces risk of preterm labor
  • Decreased carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lowers the risk of intrauterine growth restriction which is a condition that slow down baby’s growth

Prenatal yoga prepares you to manage the stress which you have to face being a new parent. It will also help you to make a bond with other pregnant mothers with whom you can share your concerns. So, it’s beneficial to expand your support system.

In addition to these above-given benefits, studies have found that there is a relationship between prenatal yoga and reduction in complication related to hypertension.


What is done in Prenatal Yoga Class?



  • Stretching: – You will be encouraged to move your body parts gently through their full range of motion.
  • Breathing: – You will be taught to focus on breathing in and out slowly and deeply through the nose. This technique will help you to manage shortness of breath during pregnancy and will work through contractions during labor.
  • Postures: – You will be taught to move your body gently into different positions like while sitting, standing or lying on the ground. Body aims to develop your strength, flexibility and balance. You will be given cushions, blankets, etc. for comfort and support.
  • Muscle Relaxation: – When the class ends, you will be given time to restore and rest heart rate and breathing rhythm and to relax your muscle. You have to pay attention to sensations, thoughts and emotion. You will also be encouraged to listen to your own breathing and state inner calm.


Some safety guideline for Prenatal Yoga :


To protect your health and baby’s health, follow these safety guidelines below:-

  • Talk to your Instructor – Before you start going to yoga classes make sure your yoga instructor is well trained. Your healthcare provider should ensure that you should not be at increased risk of preterm labor. You should not have a certain medical condition such as back problems, heart disease, etc.
  • Set Goals – Perform only 30 minutes of exercise, not more than that as it is sufficient for you. The shorter workout will also help you out to prepare for labor.
  • Stay cool and hydrated – Avoid overheating so practice prenatal yoga in a well-ventilated room. Drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Pace Yourself – If you can’t speak normally while working out, it means you are working too hard. So avoid pushing yourself too hard.
  • Avoid certain Postures – When doing poses, avoid lying on back, twisting poses and do not put pressure on the abdomen. Do not bend forward and backwards. Avoid inverted poses and if you think a pose is not safe, do not perform it.
  • Do not overstretch – Pay attention to your body. Start slow and avoid postures that are beyond your comfort level. Do not stretch very far.


If you experience any pain or other red flags, stop and contact your healthcare provider.

So, if you are also an expecting mother you can also join these classes. Make friends, improves your health as well as baby’s growth. Tell us what you think about prenatal yoga classes? Will you join them? Comment in the comment section below. Share this article with another mother-to-be. Happy Parenting!


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