Benefits of Prenatal Yoga for Soon-to-be Mums

If you are a first time expectant mother, pregnancy and childbirth can be overwhelming at times due to the stress and fear. Yoga is an ancient practice that will train you to develop endurance, strength and clear your mind. If you are suffering from pregnancy symptoms such as fatigue, mood swings, breathing problems, leg cramps, sickness etc., here is the perfect solution to control them – Prenatal yoga.

If trained properly and continued throughout the recommended period of pregnancy, the expectant mothers can have the flowing benefits:

  • Improved circulation and balance
  • Relaxation and stress free pregnancy
  • Toned muscles and improved breathing
  • Easy labour and smooth delivery etc.
Things to consider:
  • The aim of prenatal pregnancy is to deliver the child safe and hassle free to this world while developing endurance and strength to the mother.
  • Prenatal yoga will be slightly different from the regular yoga and it is necessary to consult your gynecologist before starting the course.
  • An expert supervision is required for beginners while learning the various poses of prenatal yoga.
  • The yoga positions and exercises differ for each trimester as per the baby’s development.
  • Mostly, prenatal yoga asanas help to strengthen the pelvic muscles, thereby enhancing the womb space for the baby’s growth.
  • Another benefit of regular yoga practice is that they release endorphins or ‘happy hormones’ which will keep the would-be mothers energetic and positive throughout pregnancy.
  • At LifeCell, we offer free Lara Dutta prenatal yoga DVD to pregnant women so if you are interested, you can avail it here.
First Trimester Yoga

During first trimester, it is advisable to consult your gynecologist before performing yoga as it might be harmful to women with high risk pregnancy. Although yoga is a personal choice, those who had miscarriage should refrain from prenatal yoga in the first trimester.  The common yogasanas performed during this period includes Ardha Titali Asana (half butterfly asana) and Poorna Titali Asana (full butterfly asan).

Second Trimester Yoga

During second trimester, prenatal yoga can help the pregnant women to strengthen their pelvic muscles for easy labour and to relieve from insomnia and stress. Some of the asanas performed during this trimester include Vajrasana (thunderbolt pose) and Matsya Kridasan (flapping fish pose)

Third Trimester Yoga

The third trimester yoga might sound difficult but it is a very powerful tool if practiced correctly. The beneficial yogasanas during third trimester include Ankle Crank Asana and Supta Udarakarshan Asana that helps with digestion, constipation and relieves stiffness in the spine.


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