5 Ways Prenatal Yoga Can Prepare You for Birth

I can’t recommend prenatal yoga enough! Here are six reasons I rave about it:

It supports your changing body

During pregnancy, your body experiences an accelerated pace of change, and needs help adjusting as a result. Prenatal yoga is designed to support the changes that happen in your pregnant body.

It tones important muscle groups

Prenatal yoga tones the body, especially the pelvic floor, hips, and abdominal core muscles, in preparation for birth. Building and maintaining muscle tone during pregnancy, with yoga poses like lunges and gentle backbends, can help minimise the aches and pains of those nine months.

It prepares for labour and delivery

When we're afraid, we tighten up and that tightening leads to what we call a "fear-tension-pain cycle." This can sabotage your efforts to remain present and calm in labour. Working to connect with yogic methods of deep, mindful breathing can help your body to loosen and relax, and help you get to a calm, introspective place where you can let your body do what it instinctively already knows how to do: give birth!

It promotes connection with your baby

Even the act of going to a prenatal yoga class once (or more) each week is a gentle reminder to take the time out of a busy work and home life to care for and bond with your growing baby.

It encourages you to make friends with like-minded mums

One of the greatest benefits of prenatal yoga is joining a community with other expectant mums! Don’t underestimate the power of feeling part of a collective of women who are all nourishing their minds, bodies and babies!

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5 Ways Prenatal Yoga Can Prepare You for Birth

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I can’t recommend prenatal yoga enough! Here are six reasons I rave about it:

It supports your changing body

During pregnancy, your body experiences an accelerated pace of change, and needs help adjusting as a result. Prenatal yoga is designed to support the changes that happen in your pregnant body.

It tones important muscle groups

Prenatal yoga tones the body, especially the pelvic floor, hips, and abdominal core muscles, in preparation for birth. Building and maintaining muscle tone during pregnancy, with yoga poses like lunges and gentle backbends, can help minimise the aches and pains of those nine months.

It prepares for labour and delivery

When we're afraid, we tighten up and that tightening leads to what we call a "fear-tension-pain cycle." This can sabotage your efforts to remain present and calm in labour. Working to connect with yogic methods of deep, mindful breathing can help your body to loosen and relax, and help you get to a calm, introspective place where you can let your body do what it instinctively already knows how to do: give birth!

It promotes connection with your baby

Even the act of going to a prenatal yoga class once (or more) each week is a gentle reminder to take the time out of a busy work and home life to care for and bond with your growing baby.

It encourages you to make friends with like-minded mums

One of the greatest benefits of prenatal yoga is joining a community with other expectant mums! Don’t underestimate the power of feeling part of a collective of women who are all nourishing their minds, bodies and babies!