Posted by: Trudy Prevost | September 21, 2009

Yoga for Pregnancy

More and more mothers to be are turning to prenatal yoga classes to prepare emotionally and physically for labor.

I practiced yoga through both my pregnancies. 

I experienced active healthy pregnancies with few problems. 

My births were relatively easy, completely unmedicated with quick recoveries. In both cases hospital staff remarked on my calmness.

The relaxation techniques and creative visualizations were amazing during labour. I utilized progressive muscle relaxation during the breaks between the labour rushes and mindful deep breathing through the deep sensations of labour.

Since then I have personally observed  many, many women benefit from yoga during their pregnancy year. Through attending births and interviewing past participants I have realized that all – no matter what their birthing experience – found at least a few of the techniques helpful.

Some Rainbow Yoga Babies are now in their twenties and I get to be on Facebook with them. Oh the thrills of getting older!

Rainbow Yoga Prenatal Classes typically include yoga exercises to gently strengthen, massage and stretch the body; breathing exercises to increase calm, focus and balance, visualizations to ease labour and relaxation techniques to release deeply held tensions.  We also provide documentation on practicing yoga during pregnancy and tips and hints for pregnancy and birthing.

A yoga exercise program is a gentle way to keep active and supple. The benefits listed below show how yoga can contribute to a smooth pregnancy, natural childbirth and restoration of body shape after childbirth.

 Prenatal yoga exercises can help:

  • reduce nausea and mood swings.
  • boost energy and lessen fatigue.
  • restore calm and focus.
  • reduce physical and emotional tensions and stress.
  • enhance strength and confidence.
  • improve posture, stability and balance.
  • create optimal health and awareness.
  • contribute to a faster, easier, less painful labour.
  • reduce the likelihood and need of medical intervention during delivery.
  • relieve edema (fluid retention) and cramping.
  • strengthen and massage the abdomen.
  • stimulate bowel action and enhance the digestive process.
  • relieve tension around the cervix and birth canal.
  • assist the mother to focus on opening the pelvis to make labor easier and quicker. 
  • develop flexibility in the hip region.
  • increase strength and awareness of pelvic floor
  • relieve aches and pains such as backache, sciatica, sore knees, and headaches.

 

Post natal yoga exercise can help:

  • restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor.
  • relieve upper back tension and breast discomfort.
  • regain strength and flexibility.
  • prevent and or alleviate postpartum depression.

Many of the claims above are now being proven scientifically!

A gentle yoga class as Yoga for Pregnancy can be an amazing way to help those wishing to get pregnant too! More thoughts on that in my next blog!

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