Prenatal Yoga Benefits
The Benefits of Prenatal Yoga for
Pregnancy, Labor & Birth
by: Debra Geymayr
So, you have experienced the joy of finding out that you are pregnant and now you feel . . . different, in a surreal sort of way. You are likely thinking about your pregnancy all throughout your day. It may be a secret that you blissfully carry, or perhaps you feel too ill to experience much bliss at all.
For many women this bliss of pregnancy can also bring with it emotional and physical transitions which can feel quite challenging. Your needs may seem to be at an all time high while aches and pains become more prevalent, sleepless nights the norm, and painful heartburn a common occurrence! You are trying to get your home and your life ready for your new baby, but your loved ones keep telling you to rest. Maybe you struggle with the concept of slowing down in spite of villainous back pain and radiating sciatica. Once you do stop moving and prop up your tired feet, you may find yourself thinking about how you will actually deliver your baby to the other side of your body. Perhaps you have a birth plan in mind or maybe the idea of exploring your options adds to your exhaustion and leaves you confused.
How Prenatal Yoga Can Help You During Pregnancy
First always seek out a certified prenatal yoga specialist for safety and care.
Prenatal Yoga increases overall strength, flexibility & well-being —— When you practice prenatal yoga, you are not only stretching your muscles, but you are stretching the tissues that encase your muscles, stimulating your organ systems, promoting the circulation of blood and oxygen, breathing more intentionally, and focusing your attention inward through imagery and meditation. The combined effect is intended to be one that promotes a heightened state of physical and emotional well-being.
Reduces low back pain & sciatica —— As you are taught to become acutely aware of proper body alignment, you can carry yourself and your belly with better posture. This can help to reduce the degree of pelvic tilt associated with pregnancy and significantly reduce the low back discomfort which it can cause. Additionally, there are specific yoga poses which stretch the muscles and tissues associated with the low back, hips, and hamstrings. Prenatal Yoga helps prepare you physically for giving birth —— A regular practice of squatting asana helps to tone muscles of your pelvic floor and to help you gain strength to remain comfortable in a squatting position. This is an integral part of any yoga program as it helps to familiarize you with these very useful muscles. Even if you choose not to squat during labor, you will want to be able to use these muscles efficiently and effectively when nature calls upon you to bring your baby into the world.
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