Yoga is a healthy exercise for pregnant women. Yoga throughout your pregnancy can help you get your joints in optimal condition and to increase your flexibility in preparation for labor. Studies have shown that the effects of yoga and stretching can lead to a faster and easier delivery.
There are many benefits of practicing yoga in pregnancy. Yoga can help you stay healthy and help with stress reduction and help during the labor and delivery process. Other benefits of yoga include many biological and psychological responses. Individuals that practice yoga have less anxiety, less stress and helps with back pain, lowers heart rate and even helps with some other medical conditions asthma.
Everyone’s body is different, and yoga postures should be modified based on individual abilities. There are many prenatal yoga classes, but you need to carefully select an instructor who is experienced with prenatal yoga and is attentive to your needs. Many instructors undergo extensive training and have specific certifications you may want to ask about your instructor certification before starting prenatal yoga.
If you take yoga classes inform your instructor about your pregnancy so that postures can be adapted.
Here are some great yoga poses that you can perform in pregnancy:
Sample Prenatal Yoga poses worksheet from Northwest memorial Hospital: Worksheet
For more information on yoga U.S Department of Health and Human Services has a fact sheet from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fact sheet