Pregnancy yoga will prepare your body for labour & a faster recovery after birth. It will help develop stamina, strength & flexibility, and relieve tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders. It calms the mind and soothes the emotions.
“Yoga can help women get through their pregnancy with minimal discomfort. It also helps the birth and post-delivery stages.
Independent midwife Manijeh Nedas says: ‘In my experience, I believe that yoga plays a very important role in pregnancy. Generally, pregnant mums who do yoga exercises appear healthier, both in mind and body. Their bodies are more flexible, which enables them to adapt to various positions when in labour and the ligaments are more elastic, which in turn can help to reduce labour pain.’
Posture is also improved by yoga and this can help ease back problems, which are common in pregnant women.
She adds: ‘Yoga helps to prepare for the birth – it encourages breath and body awareness, reduces worry and teaches women to adapt to new situations.’
And yoga continues to have benefits after pregnancy, too. Postnatal yoga, which can be started about six weeks after the birth, strengthens abdominal muscles and your pelvic floor. It also helps you to get back to your pre-pregnancy shape faster.”
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