Benefits of Yoga during pregnancy

Pregnancy yoga is the first choice of many celebrity moms when they were pregnant due to its positive effect on the labour and post pregnancy weight loss. However, pregnancy yoga exercises have a wide range of health benefits apart from shaping the body. Let it be yoga or any other fitness program, it is important to regularly perform workouts during pregnancy for better outcomes.

Here are some of the benefits of yoga for pregnant ladies:

  1. Strengthens Your Body – Yoga poses are widely practiced as it helps to build the body stamina and strengthen your shoulders, arms, hips and back compared to other exercises. Sign up for a prenatal yoga class or let your yoga trainer know that you are pregnant to avoid strenuous poses that might be difficult during pregnancy.
  2. Provides Balance – As the bump grows, your body’s centre of gravity shifts which in turn causes back ache and other health problems. Apart from physical ailments, pregnancy hormones also play a role in disrupting your emotional balance. Prenatal yoga is one of the beneficial pregnancy workouts that provide physical and mental balance to the expectant mothers.
  3. Prepare You for Labour – When you practice yoga from early pregnancy, it helps with breathing exercises which will come in handy during child birth. It also strengthens the pelvic floor muscles, hips and tummy which will support in easy labour by having control over the abdomen muscles. Yoga also helps you to concentrate and mentally prepare you for the big day.
  4. Calm the Nerves – As you practice prenatal yoga poses, the nervous system goes in to a parasympathetic mode which will relax the body and mind. It relieves stress, tension and improves your sleep pattern although you experience mood swings, sleeplessness etc.
  5. Lower Body Pain – Most pregnant women suffer from constant body pain that includes neck, shoulders, arms, hip, chest, upper back, lower back, thigh etc. Walking, cardio and swimming can also contribute to pain relief but all these exercises should be combined to give complete relief from muscle pain. However, pregnancy yoga is a one step remedy to all these ailments.
  6. Increases Blood Circulation – Yoga poses tend to increase circulation and elongate muscles which relieve swelling and increase immunity. As pregnant women are prone to infection, it is good to improve your immune system which will keep your body active and create a healthy environment inside the womb for the baby to grow.

You can continue yoga even after child birth to keep a check on your post pregnancy weight gain. With regular workout regime, yoga can help you become a stronger and a better mom.



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