10 Benefits Of Doing Prenatal Yoga

Many people are body conscious and that is especially true when they are pregnant. Perhaps more important than worrying about your appearance is worrying about your health and the health of the unborn child. That is why prenatal yoga is becoming one of the most popular things that you can do during the time that you are pregnant1.

In order to get the most out of it, you need to find the yoga practice that is going to work best for you. It may be going to a yoga studio or perhaps working out with a DVD at home. Just make sure you are listening to your body and doing what is right for you.

There are many benefits to doing prenatal yoga2, including the following:

1. Developing stamina and strength

We often hear that we are 'eating for two' when we are pregnant but we also need energy for two. That is true as far as the health of the baby is concerned but it is also true for caring around the additional weight. Yoga poses strengthen the back, hips, shoulders and arms.

2. Balance

As the fetus grows inside of us, it can challenge our physical balance. It may also have an effect on us emotionally because of the increase in estrogen and progesterone. Focusing on our breathing and holding the position through each pose allows us to tune our balance, both emotionally and physically.

3. Relieves lower back, hip, neck, upper back and shoulder tensions

Increasing stress is placed on the mother's body as the baby is growing. It typically results in an increased lower back curve because of the size of the belly. Added pressure on our hips causes them to get tighter and our breasts increase in size, so it has an effect on the chest and upper back. Our neck and shoulders also experience such tension.

4. Calming for the Nervous System

The deep breathing that takes place during prenatal yoga allows the nervous system to relax in a parasympathetic mode. When existing in that mode, it helps with digestion, sleep and optimizes the immune system.

5. Labor preparation

It can be challenging to focus on your breathing when doing yoga poses. If you learn how to do so during the prenatal time, it will carry over to when you are in labor. It allows you to be comfortable with being uncomfortable through breathwork. You acknowledge your tension when you inhale and let go of it when you exhale.

6. Connecting with the baby

When you practice prenatal yoga it allows you to slow, down and focus on what is taking place in the body. Doing breath work with each pose allows you to be more aware of what is inside you

7. Helps with circulation

When the muscles are elongated during prenatal yoga, it enhances the circulation to the muscles and the joints. As a result of the increase in circulation, inflammation is decreased and our immune system is increased. It provides a healthy environment for your baby.

8. Breathwork

Many people use breathwork during labor contractions. It helps to regulate your heart work and blood pressure by keeping you in a relaxed, parasympathetic mode. When the mother is calm, the baby is calm.

9. Community

Working along with other women who understand what you are going through can be quite comforting.

10. Nurturing

It can be difficult to step away from our busy lives but doing so has many benefits. By practicing yoga, you are caring for your own body and for the body of your baby.

It's also a good idea during pregnancy to take a prenatal multivitamin to help cover any nutritional gaps in your diet. NATURELO's prenatal multivitamins provide nourishment for your baby’s developing brain, tissues and bones.

References: 1. http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancy-health/prenatal-yoga/, Prenatal Yoga 2. https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/in-depth/prenatal-yoga/art-20047193, Prenatal yoga: What you need to know, December 15, 2015