Prenatal Yoga Classes
Prenatal yoga classes help you to stay fit and healthy and looking and feeling good throughout pregnancy.
Prenatal yoga classes include a range of strengthening, stretching and breathing exercises. The exercises can help with common pregnancy issues such as tiredness and back ache.
Pregnant bodies have special needs, one of which is learning how to adapt to the requirements of this new changing body. Yoga offers the chance to slow down and take stock of what is happening internally.
Aside from many physical benefits, yoga helps to alleviate anxiety and reduce stress, especially important for this time. Yoga has also been shown to improve depression.
Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to prepare for birth, physically, mentally and emotionally. Many women report using yoga techniques through labour to help with pain management and stress reduction.
Some of the benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy include:
Develops stamina and strength
Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
Calms the nervous system
Connection with baby
Sense of community/sisterhood
Through Yoga a preganant woman can realize that birth is a mind and body process
Most Common Questions from new mums :
I’ve never done yoga before. Can I start while I’m pregnant?
Pregnancy is an ideal time to start yoga. The postures for beginners are simpler than most people imagine, and you'll also meet other mums-to-be at your classes. You’ll start gently and slowly. Your instructor will modify the postures so that they suit your stage of pregnancy. Listen to your instructor, and pay attention to what your body tells you.
Yoga postures are generally designed to stretch, not strain. But if you feel any pain and discomfort, stop what you are doing. Think about gently allowing your body to open or lengthen during a posture, rather than pushing to achieve it.
Take it easy, and opt for a break if you feel tired during a class. Take a bottle of water with you to sip if you feel thirsty. Also, try to eat a light snack an hour or two before your yoga class.
Tell your doctor or midwife before starting yoga, or any form of exercise, while you’re pregnant, especially if it’s a type you haven’t done before. You can also talk to your yoga instructor about any concerns you may have.
When can I start doing yoga in pregnancy?
The best time to start yoga if you've never done it before is in the second trimester, after about 14 weeks. Yoga guidelines advise you not to try postures in the first trimester, if you're not used to them. Sadly, the most common time for miscarriages to happen is during the first trimester. There's no evidence that doing yoga, or any other exercise, in the first trimester will harm your pregnancy. But, to be on the safe side, some yoga teachers will recommend that you don't practise yoga for the first three months.
In your second trimester, you are also less likely to feel tired and sick during a long class.
Some yoga teachers recommend that if your baby was conceived using IVF, you should wait until about 20 weeks before starting classes. This is because of all you will have been through to achieve your pregnancy.
Also, if you have had IVF treatment, you are more likely to be pregnant with twins or more. Multiple pregnancies carry a higher risk of miscarriage, so it’s best to be cautious.
If you do decide to practise yoga in the first trimester, keep to relaxation and breathing exercises. If you did yoga before becoming pregnant, you may want to slow down and be aware of any changes in your body.
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