We all know that yoga has an endless amount of benefits for our health and well-being, but what about for those of us who are pregnant—can we still get all the benefits of yoga, without doing any damage to our body, or even worse, our baby?
Throughout this article we’re going to tell you about pregnancy yoga, a type of yoga that can be done whilst you are pregnant. This way, you can still get all the benefits you would from standard yoga, but without worrying about any damage being done!
What Exactly Is Pregnancy Yoga?
Pregnancy yoga (also sometimes referred to as parental yoga), is a specialist form of yoga that is made for mums-to-be. The poses are overall exercises are very similar and it doesn’t differ much from the standard type of yoga. However, pregnancy yoga is adjusted so that it’s much safer to do whilst pregnant.
What Are the Benefits?
There are many benefits of doing yoga, especially whilst you are pregnant. The benefits, with regards to your health and well-being, really are endless and are going to be a crucial aspect when it comes to you having a safe and easy pregnancy.
Some of the most common benefits that you’ll most likely experience are the following: an improvement in mental-health, improved circulation and flexibility, muscle toning, decreased fatigue and stress, and much more.
The Best Time to Do Pregnancy Yoga
There are many elements that can affect the best time for you to do yoga when you are pregnant, to be absolutely sure about whether you should start doing yoga or not, you should always consult your doctor or midwife.
The best time to start is generally in the second trimester—after around 13-14 weeks; this is especially true if you don’t usually perform yoga poses.
Things to Consider
Ever since you started reading this article you were probably quite concerned about whether yoga is a safe thing to do whilst you’re pregnant—don’t worry, we understand your concern! Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with doing yoga whilst your pregnant and it could provide you with many benefits as we have discussed above.
However, there are some poses and some things that you can do that could be harmful to your baby. Take a look at the list below for some advice and guidance on this.
Whilst doing pregnancy yoga, make sure that you don’t perform any strong twists, back bends, or do anything else that could put you in an uncomfortable position.
As obvious as this might seem, also remember to never lie down on your stomach.
You should also never lie on your back after around 16 weeks of pregnancy.
As you can see, doing yoga whilst pregnant can be an excellent way to improve your health and ensure that you have a safe pregnancy. It has many benefits as we have discussed above, but there are also some things that you should consider when taking classes or doing it yourself—taking classes are recommended.
Make sure to re-read the “Things to Consider” section, so you can ensure that you’re as safe as possible when performing yoga.