Keeping active while pregnant is good for you and for your baby. Research suggests that practicing prenatal yoga offers many benefits, including helping you relax and prepare for labor.
Many childbirth-preparation classes encourage stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Taking prenatal yoga classes in a yoga studio or using an exercise DVD can:
.Improve sleep and balance
.Reduce stress and anxiety by calming the nervous system
.Increase strength, stamina, flexibility and endurance needed for childbirth
.Ease lower back pain, nausea, headaches and shortness of breath
.Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction
. Helps with breathwork in preparation for labor
. Increase circulation
Check with your doctor before starting any exercise program. Listen to your body and do what feels right for you. Prenatal yoga can be a great way to prepare for childbirth. Namaste!
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