Pregnancy is an incredibly special time in a woman’s life. Creating the life and carrying a soul inside your body for nine months gives a new meaning to motherhood. In fact, to bear a child is the ultimate dream of most women. But, the moment pregnancy is confirmed fear, confusion, and apprehensions often come to your mind. There are a lot of questions which come to your mind starting from will I be able to take this responsibility? Will the baby look like me or his/her father? Will be it be a male or female? and it continues. This almost makes you forget how uncomfortable it can be during pregnancy. For most women labor is a time of apprehension of fear and pain. But with the regular practice of yoga, you can get relief from your back pain, muscle soreness, headaches and many others.
So, let us know some benefits and guidelines of practising Prenatal yoga for pregnancy.
Benefits of practising yoga during pregnancy
- Yoga is just a perfect preparation for your labor
- Strengthens your hips, back, arms, shoulders and develop stamina and strength
- You will able to fine-tune your balance physically and emotionally
- Relieves tension of lower back, hips, chest, upper back, neck and shoulders
- Deep breathing helps to calm your nervous system. You will get relaxation through improved sleep quality
- It helps to focus your attention on whats going on within your body and you can connect with your baby
- It improves your blood circulation and the immune system gets better
- Regular practice of asana can tone muscles of spine, abdomen, and pelvis which helps to support the added weight of uterus
- Prevents common ailments like a backache, leg cramps, breathlessness and gives relief from a headache
Guidelines for prenatal yoga
- Patient must consult her obstetrician/doctor before starting yoga practices
- If you can’t speak normally while you’re doing prenatal yoga, then you are probably pushing yourself too hard. Remember Yoga is not about forcing your body, it’s about enjoying the journey within.
- Avoid inverted poses, which involve extending your legs above your head. This may alter the position of your baby.
- Practice regularly, but listen to your body. Practice poses which are only comfortable with your body.
- Practice prenatal yoga in a well-ventilated room to avoid overheating and exhaustion. Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
- Avoid lying on your belly or back, doing deep forward or backward bends, or doing twisting poses that put pressure on your abdomen.
- Pay attention to your body and how you feel. Start slow and avoid positions that are beyond your level of comfort. Sthiram Sukham Asanam.
You can repeat the below suggestions at the time of your labor to keep yourself happy and energetic. Know more about the Prenatal yoga poses
- I am going to experience a happy and beautiful motherhood
- My mind, body, and soul are helping my baby to come into this beautiful world
- I am fully aware of my body and relaxed, How wonderful!