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Yoga Your Way Through Pregnancy

May 15, 2013

Pregnancy is a magical time which can also bring unwanted side effects. Practising yoga can help you embrace even the most difficult moments, so you can fully enjoy this fleeting time in your life.

Whether this is your first pregnancy or just the first time you’re planning on practising yoga while you are pregnant, you may be wondering it it’s really safe for your baby.

First and foremost, it is best to consult with your doctor. Finding a doctor who is knowledgeable, experienced and understands your lifestyle is crucial. Next, remember that even though everyone will share their opinions about your body, you are the only one who will know when you are pushing yourself too hard. Speak to health professionals and trust yourself that if something doesn’t feel right, you will take it easy.

Prenatal Yoga Made Easy

As your body changes, it can be physically and emotionally draining to keep up with your yoga. Here are some ways to help you continue practising yoga throughout all nine months of pregnancy. In the end, your body will thank you.

  • Eating well – Eating for two doesn’t mean eating two portions of chocolate cake. Nourish your body with clean, non-processed foods. Eating well means you won’t suffer from sugar highs and lows and you will have the energy you need to practice yoga.
  • Natural supplements – As you grow heavier, motivation to lift yourself off the couch is much harder. Make sure you are supplementing your diet with all the essential vitamins and minerals. For in-depth analysis of the best supplements for you, take a look at Find out about the benefits of Omega3 for pregnant women. Of course, always check with your doctor before starting supplements.
  • Stay hydrated – Whenever you exercise it’s crucial to stay hydrated. This is especially true while pregnant. In addition, not drinking enough water may result in leg cramps which can make doing yoga difficult.

Benefits To Prenatal Yoga

Assuming you get the go-ahead from your doctor, there are many benefits to doing prenatal yoga.

  • May help with depression – As your body produces pregnancy-related hormones, you may find yourself dipping towards depression. A study was done analyzing possible benefits that yoga can help with towards your mental state.
  • Keeps your body supple – Giving birth will be much easier if your muscles are strong and flexible. It will also aid you in recovering from labor so you have energy to dedicate to your little one.
  • Meditation for labor – Learning how to meditate will help you put you in the right headspace for conquering labor pains naturally.
  • Relieves anxiety – Becoming a mom means starting to worry like one. Keep your nerves at bay and quiet your anxieties so you can enjoy your pregnancy.
  • Fosters friendships – Being in a prenatal yoga class means meeting other women in the same stage as you are. Sharing this time together is wonderful bonding and will sometimes lead to lifelong friendships.

Take Away

Embrace your changing body with prenatal yoga in order to strengthen yourself physically and mentally throughout pregnancy and labor.


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