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Prenatal Yoga: All you need to know!

Yoga and its immense benefits have received worldwide acceptance and recognition over time. But did you know that Prenatal Yoga, ie, yoga for pregnant women, can help you prepare for labor, and promote the baby’s health?

Prenatal Yoga is a highly recommended practice for pregnant women, as it relaxes them and makes them fit and healthy, while also helping in the preparation of childbirth. It encourages stretching, mental centring and focused breathing.

At Her Clinic, we encourage pregnant women to practice Yoga often, to promote health and wellness. We have listed down the benefits and a few important exercises involved in Prenatal Yoga below.

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga:

Out of the immense benefits of Prenatal Yoga, we have listed down the important few:

  1. Improves sleep

  2. Reduces the stress & anxiety

  3. Increases the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth

  4. Decreases the lower back pain

  5. Decreases nausea, headaches and shortness of breath.

Exercises involved in Prenatal Yoga: Prenatal Yoga involves simple exercises that help pregnant women stay fit and comfortable while helping them relax.

  1. Breathing: Breathing in & out slowly and deeply through the nose helps in managing shortness of breath during pregnancy and work through the contractions during labor.

  2. Gentle Stretching: Gently moving different parts of the body such as the neck and arms through the full range of motion, makes the muscles less rigid and more flexible.

  3. Postures: To develop strength, flexibility and balance, different postures are maintained while standing or sleeping, by moving the body.

  4. Relaxation: At the end of the session, time should be devoted to relaxing by focussing on one’s own breathing, sensations and emotions. This is done to relax the muscles and restore the rhythm of the heart to the resting position.

While trying out various methods during pregnancy to relax and be fit, it is important to choose one with which your body is comfortable. It is always recommended to be cautious during pregnancy and consult an expert for Yoga and other fitness practices to be followed.

For more information on the safest and best-suited exercises and practices for pregnant women, you can reach out to our certified fitness expert at Her Clinic, Ms Farzana.

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