It’s no secret that we encourage safe, strengthening and relaxing forms of exercise for expectant moms. We recently spoke to several moms at Baby and Me Fitness’ Aqua Bellies and Yoga Bellies classes. Pre-natal exercise is an important part of a healthy pregnancy journey.
Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for expectant women because classes are tailored for pregnant bellies, and you’re under constant supervision. In an extremely pro-yoga blog post, pre-natal yoga guru Lori Lucas goes so far to declare that “Yoga is superior to all other forms of exercise during pregnancy (hands down).”
She cites an interesting study done by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine that found women who practiced yoga during their pregnancy had an increased chance of a healthy delivery.
The women who attended yoga classes during their second trimester reported higher birth weights for their newborns, as well as lower rates of hypertension compared to the women who didn’t practice yoga.
Study stats aside, prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to relieve the stresses and tensions of pregnancy. Practicing yoga can help you get to sleep at night and ease lower back pain and morning nausea. Not to mention the fact that you’ll get the chance to meet other women preparing for the joys (and stresses) of motherhood.
Yoga is a great training ground to prepare you for the adventure of childbirth. It prepares you for labour with exercises that calm your breathing and improve flexibility.
Many women like yoga because it provides a wonderful opportunity to take a break from the pressures of your day and restore mindfulness. Things can get very hectic during (and after!) pregnancy. Spending an hour focused entirely on yourself, your mood, your breathing, balance and rhythm can help to restore a sense of peace and order. Plus it’s nice to get in some “you” time before the baby comes.
You only spend a short time in your life being pregnant. While the joys of motherhood are inexpressible, yoga gives you an opportunity to slow down and enjoy the experience of pregnancy too.