Believe me. Being pregnant is hard. It is tiring. And I know the last thing you want to do after a long day at work is work out. Ugh! But when you think about the pros of working out.. especially yoga during pregnancy, it really is worth the extra effort. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of practicing yoga while pregnant.
(Disclaimer: I am not a doctor. These are my own opinions. As always- talk to your healthcare provider before starting a new workout routine. Some yoga positions are not safe for pregnant women; be sure to use a prenatal yoga workout.)
1. You Build Strength & Endurance
This one will pay you back during the birthing process. Having a built up endurance for physical exertion is important- especially during the labor & pushing phases of child birth. Yoga will tone your muscles that you will use during child birth and will help your body to handle physical fatigue. During my pushing phase with William, I was actively pushing for 2.5 hours. That is hard on your body and being in good shape helps the process to go smoother. I was mentally and physically able to handle pushing for such an extended period of time due to the conditioning I did during pregnancy. Thanks, yoga! 🙂
2. Relieves the Physical Stress in Your Body
As baby grows, your back, shoulders, hips…everything really… take a toll. You body has to compensate for all the changes & a lot of times, your muscles become sore due to the increased weight that you are carrying around. Yoga helps to stretch out those tightened muscles. Oooohhhh yes.
3. Increases Circulation= Decreases Swelling
All that stretching improves our bodies’ circulation. In turn, this helps any swelling to go down.
4. Prepares You for Labor
I opted for a medicated birth (epidural) and am quite pleased that I did. 😉 However, I know a lot of women want an unmedicated birth. If this is the route you choose to take, breathing will be a huge focus during contractions. Yoga is driven by your breathing, so this is good practice for when the real deal happens. In some positions, the stretch is a little uncomfortable, but you have to breath through it. This is perfect practice for breathing through those “uncomfortable” labor pains.
5. It Helps to Relieve Stress
Practicing yoga has a direct correlation of lower stress levels. A stressed mama is no way to be, so having yoga to help calm your body is the way to go.