Stay in Shape and Calm With Prenatal Yoga
Attention expectant mothers, you can still stay in shape while pregnant! One of the best exercises for mothers-to-be is prenatal yoga. Just like regular yoga, prenatal yoga will keep you limber, tone your muscles and improve your balance and posture in an effective and safe way.
Prenatal yoga is beneficial because it teaches you breathing techniques to help you keep calm and relaxed, which can help during labor, child birth and motherhood. It also helps tone your buttocks and thigh muscles which can help make it easier for your body to carry the extra weight of the baby.
Yoga also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles which are used in childbirth and can make it easier for you to deliver your baby. The exercises will also help with circulation and alleviating pregnancy-specific aches and pains such as back pain with little impact or stress on your joints.
According to a report in the April 2009 issue of Harvard Mental Health Letter, extensive studies have found scientific proof that yoga helps the body deal with stress by slowing the heart and breathing rates lowering blood pressure, which can also prove to be beneficial after you give birth to your baby.
Your physical well-being isn’t the only benefit you can receive from joining a prenatal yoga class. The class is another way to meet other expectant mothers and which can give a sense of community. Having the support system of other pregnant women around you can also keep you motivated to stay in the prenatal yoga class and help you stay positive throughout your pregnancy.