Prenatal Yoga: What's All the Fuss About?

You probably already know that fitness during pregnancy is good for you. And prenatal yoga may just be the ideal exercise for pregnant women!

Yoga is a form of exercise and meditation where breath and specific body positions are used to help connect the mind and body. Prenatal yoga focuses on positions that are specifically designed for pregnant women’s bodies.

Here’s what you need to know before starting a prenatal yoga routine:

  1. Common positions in regular yoga — such as those where your feet are spread far apart — may be too stressful for your joints and pelvic area when you’re expecting. As your baby grows, there’s a lot more weight pushing down on your bladder and pelvis.
  2. Pregnancy hormones also loosen your ligaments, making joint and bone problems a source of discomfort, especially in the pubic bone area. In addition to modifying positions for pregnancy, prenatal yoga also emphasises breathing, stretches and strengthening moves that help your body to prepare for labour.
  3. You don’t have to be a yogi before you conceive to jump on the prenatal yoga bandwagon. Yoga is for everyone - no matter your flexibility or experience!
  4. Yoga is an ideal activity for all expectant mums: it’s gentle and designed for pregnancy, which means it helps prepare you for the mental aspects of childbirth and beyond.

If you like what you hear and are interested to learn more, head on over to the ‘Prepare my body’ section of the butterbean platform, and begin your pregnancy yoga journey at your own pace, in your own time!

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Prenatal Yoga: What's All the Fuss About?

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You probably already know that fitness during pregnancy is good for you. And prenatal yoga may just be the ideal exercise for pregnant women!

Yoga is a form of exercise and meditation where breath and specific body positions are used to help connect the mind and body. Prenatal yoga focuses on positions that are specifically designed for pregnant women’s bodies.

Here’s what you need to know before starting a prenatal yoga routine:

  1. Common positions in regular yoga — such as those where your feet are spread far apart — may be too stressful for your joints and pelvic area when you’re expecting. As your baby grows, there’s a lot more weight pushing down on your bladder and pelvis.
  2. Pregnancy hormones also loosen your ligaments, making joint and bone problems a source of discomfort, especially in the pubic bone area. In addition to modifying positions for pregnancy, prenatal yoga also emphasises breathing, stretches and strengthening moves that help your body to prepare for labour.
  3. You don’t have to be a yogi before you conceive to jump on the prenatal yoga bandwagon. Yoga is for everyone - no matter your flexibility or experience!
  4. Yoga is an ideal activity for all expectant mums: it’s gentle and designed for pregnancy, which means it helps prepare you for the mental aspects of childbirth and beyond.

If you like what you hear and are interested to learn more, head on over to the ‘Prepare my body’ section of the butterbean platform, and begin your pregnancy yoga journey at your own pace, in your own time!