Yoga is a wonderful way to enjoy your Pregnancy, whilst preparing for labour. It improves backache, increases stamina and awareness of breathing and is deeply relaxing for both Mum and Baby. The exercises and breathing work will help prepare you for labour and increase your confidence in your body’s ability to birth your baby with as much ease as possible.
There is a huge emphasis on breathing throughout the class to keep your mind focused and relaxed and to release tension and stress. No previous yoga experience is necessary and you can come after your first, second or third trimester; in fact it’s never too late to start.
As your bump gets bigger your sense of balance adjusts to accommodate the growing baby – and of course it gets harder to touch your toes. On top of that your body is producing a hormone called relaxin. This loosens the ligaments in preparation for birth, which means it’s easy to overstretch or strain yourself.
As you are working your body, you are doing stretching and movements with your body that you don’t normally do. But the other aspect of pregnancy yoga which is slightly different from other exercise is that it’s about getting a sense of relaxation and well-being.
Antenatal yoga is for women to get an understanding of their body, helpful for when they go into labour. For women going into the challenge of labour, the breathing will help with that. It helps them release tension and stress.
In the classes you generally will do some seating postures and some standing to give a range of postures to find what works with everyone. It’s an overall NCT test for your body.
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