Is Yoga During Pregnancy Safe?
From strengthening your body physically to get you ready for labour and delivery, to helping you handle the hormonal changes that trigger mood swings, yoga can act as a godsend during your pregnancy
Pregnancy is a period during which women experience a lot of emotions – from joy to feeling scared and even overwhelmed at times. When you add to these the debilitating cramps, back pain and mood swings, the journey may feel quite difficult. But all these physical problems and emotional turmoil have an answer in yoga. Yes, that’s right. From strengthening your body physically to getting you ready for labour and delivery, to helping you handle the hormonal changes that trigger mood swings, yoga can act as a godsend during your pregnancy. But just in case you are still wondering whether yoga is safe during pregnancy, listed here are some of its key benefits, to help you make an informed decision.
Learning Proper Breathing Techniques
Learning to breathe fully and deeply is one of the first things yoga will teach you through various postures and pranayamas. At the same time, you will train yourself to stay calm when facing pain or fear. This will help you during labour, when the pain and fear may urge you to tighten up. But since you will already be trained by yoga to stay calm and relax (both physically and mentally), you will be able to face the demanding situation better.
Priming Your Body For Delivery And Birth
Yoga postures help you deal with physical challenges of pregnancy (like back pain) better. Apart from keeping your body supple, yoga helps in opening up your pelvic region by easing the tension around your cervix. This prepares you to face labour and delivery with minimal pain, complications and discomfort.
Handling Pregnancy Issues Better
Pregnancy often makes life harder by causing several common symptoms from swollen ankles and morning sickness, to constipation and painful leg cramps. By relieving these symptoms to a great extent, yoga helps you to enjoy this period better, instead of being constantly worried and under a lot of discomforts.
No wonder expectant mothers all around the world and their doctors consider yoga extremely beneficial and safe.