It is very important to take care of your health during pregnancy and prenatal yoga is one of the best ways to maintain your physical and mental health during those months. Here are the six benefits of prenatal yoga:
1. Lesser anxiety
You have to baby-proof the house, read all those books on baby care, get the crib ready, and mentally prepare yourself to raise a tiny human being. Pregnancy is an immensely stressful time! That’s why you need prenatal yoga. It helps reduce anxiety levels, which leads to a stress-free pregnancy.
2. Better sleep
Not getting eight hours of sleep? Another study found that women who practiced hatha yoga in the second trimester wake up in the middle of the night far less than non-practitioners.
3. An easier labor
To some extent, it’s mind over matter. When you’re focusing on inner peace, you train your body to get ready for the actual event. But, it can also prepare you for the physical endurance by making your muscles more open and flexible.
4. Lesser Nausea
Morning sickness? You feel queasy at the sight of food? Well, some women report that certain postures in the first trimester greatly help with queasiness and tiredness.
5. Less prone to back pain
Intense weight gain shifts your center of gravity, so many pregnant women go through back pain. Luckily, there are a few breathing exercises and poses that helps in strengthening your joints, aligning your spine and improving your mind-body connection. Any prenatal class will cover them.
6. Mother-baby Bonding
Some yoga positions makes you aware of the movements inside you. This helps you in connecting with the tiny fellow.