Yoga is one of the simplest and most beneficial forms of exercises one can perform. It focuses on creating a balance between your body and mind through postures and physical exercises, breathing exercises, meditation, and relaxation. You can practice yoga to suit any fitness level. If you are pregnant, you should consider prenatal yoga as a good way to relax, stay in shape, and remain supple.

Can you practice yoga during your pregnancy?

Most definitely! When you are pregnant, you will need to find the right exercises and activities that will keep you fit while not exhausting you. Pregnancy is actually a great time for you to begin yoga.

Your beginners’ course will include postures that are much simpler than what most people believe. Your yoga instructor will put you on a simple program where you can start slowly and gently. As you progress, the instructor will advance your postures to suit your progressing stages of pregnancy. Your instructor is an expert in yoga, so you should listen to them and follow instructions. Do not forget to pay attention to what your body is saying too. Do not strain yourself and you can stop if you feel any discomfort or pain.

One advantage of starting a yoga class is that you get to interact with other expectant mothers. Starting a class together with other mums-to-be will help you make friends, interact, and discuss your pregnancy terms.

The advantages of prenatal yoga

Once you have found the perfect yoga program for yourself, you can start practicing either in a class or even with some DVDs at home. Some of the benefits of prenatal yoga are:

  • It helps you build strength and stamina required for your changing body and carry the increasing weight of your growing child. Yoga postures help you strengthen your arms, shoulders, hips, and back.

  • Helps you maintain balance as the fetus grows within you. It also helps you maintain a strong mental balance. This is crucial as you can suffer from mood swings due to ups and downs in estrogen and progesterone levels. Yoga helps you fine tune your emotional and physical balance.

  • Lowers tension and stress on specific muscle groups in your back, hips, neck, shoulders, and chest. Your increasing belly can add a lot of weight and pressure, which can be relieved through yoga.

  • Yoga helps your increase circulation to your joints and within your muscles.

  • Helps you prepare for labor as you learn to balance your breathing and maintain a calm composure.

Speak to your doctor before you begin your yoga course. As your pregnancy progresses, you should slowly decrease the time you spend on this exercise. Completely stop all yoga when you reach your tenth week of pregnancy.

About the author and company

Helen is a fertility advocator on a mission to reach women trying to conceive or searching for a natural family planning solution, and give them a tool to understand their unique ovulation cycle. She is also the CEO of HiLin Life Products, makers of the KNOWHEN® Ovulation Test and Fertility Monitor.

Incorporated in 2009, HiLin Life Products was established to help women with problems regarding their fertility, infertility, unplanned pregnancies, and other health issues. With a market of over two billion women all over the world, HiLin Life has been creating next-generation products incorporating a holistic natural approach with scientific accuracy that empowers women’s health.