This can also be a time of understandable anxiety. Practising Yoga from about 14 weeks right through your pregnancy can help on so many levels. Hatha Yoga releases tension from the mind and body. Being in a calm, supportive environment with other Mums going through the same experiences as you can make a big difference.
Practising Yoga every week where possible throughout your pregnancy will help on many levels, expectant Mums report that they make a wonderful connection with their unborn baby and a very high percentage manage to have a natural relaxed birthing experience. You will learn the ability to be able to relax , which is so useful for the early stages of Motherhood. you may make long lasting friendship with the others pregnant Mums. Many tell me they still remain friends with who they were in the class with over a year after giving birth, they have new friends and the babies grow up as friends also!
Pranayama (breathing exercises) will send more oxygen through you entire system nourishing you and baby, they will help you to feel very relaxed and calm and will help you with the hormonal changes going on and a marvellous tool for you when go through the stages of labour and the birth itself. Learning to breathe fully and making an internal connection to your breath/energy will help with your labour… you literally breathe your baby into the world. Practising “Bharami” humming bee breath is very soothing and baby feels the vibration too!
Yoga Asanas (postures) help to ease back ache, keep your energy levels flowing freely, improves sleep, keeps your muscles toned and supple…helping with getting your figure back after the birth, Yoga helps you with posture awareness as the lumber curve increases as baby gets bigger, “Viparita Karani” (legs up the wall with cushion under hips) gives your legs and back a wonderful rest from the extra weight you will be carrying with baby and is good for venous return. We also practise pelvic floor exercises to prevent stress urinary incontinence.
Yoga Nidra (relaxation) at the end of each session we spend 10/15 mins practising progressive relaxation, it is a truly profound way to relax. This is so beneficial for Mum and baby, life is so busy and stressful its important especially for expectant Mums to practice Yoga Nidra, you will feel relaxed like you have never felt before. It has been described by many as “feeling tension melting away from your body”.
Come along to pregnancy Yoga, keep fit, strong and healthy through your pregnancy will help not only with the birth, but your recovery and Motherhood itself!