Yoga can be the perfect preparation for pregnancy and birth
YOGA can help with posture, flexibility, balance and strength, all of which help prepare for birth.
Pregnancy yoga classes are an ideal place to start.
In a pregnancy yoga class there is a focus on the pregnancy and the birth, moving gently and learning postures that will help both while pregnant and when giving birth, a focus on the breathing and working with that all-important pelvic floor.
It is also a fabulous opportunity to meet other mums-to-be and an opportunity to share some of this journey and get peer support is always welcomed.
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I would recommend that you start slowly and gently.
Pregnancy is not the time to start extreme yoga postures, it is a time for nurturing your body while allowing it to grow a whole new person.
Some of the benefits of pregnancy yoga include help with the common discomforts of pregnancy including back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, heartburn, emotional upset and lack of sleep.
Many doctors and midwives recommend it.
Don't worry if you've never done yoga before, about 80 per cent of women who try yoga during pregnancy have never tried it before.
Those who have not done very much exercise can use it to help start a healthy routine, one that will look after mum and baby.
On the other hand, super-fit mums may need to start to listen to the body and learn how to slow down.
Either way, learning that it is no longer just about you is one of the first lessons in becoming a parent.
The most important thing wherever you start from is to listen to the body and not force it to do anything that you don't feel comfortable with.
The best time to start is during the second trimester when hopefully any fatigue and nausea from the first trimester are a thing of the past and the aches and pains of the third trimester are still to kick in (indeed they may never come).
Good exercises are cat curls, pelvic tilting and rocking, squatting, child's pose, bound angle pose, pelvic floor exercises and deep relaxation.
Those to avoid are double leg lifts, straight leg lifts, full sit ups, anything extreme and postures that cause discomfort.
Avoid exercising flat on the back after the fourth month of pregnancy.
With an emphasis on self-awareness, relaxation and composure, yoga can be the perfect preparation for pregnancy and childbirth.
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