Pregnancy is absolutely miraculous, but nobody said it was easy (or comfortable)! This is why self-care during this time is more important than ever. At Pregnancy Treasures, prenatal health is our number one priority, so we thought we’d share some of the amazing benefits of yoga on the health of both our mermothers and their little treasures. Let’s explore some of the proven ways this ancient practice can enhance your well-being during pregnancy and positively influence your baby’s development.
Prenatal Yoga vs. Regular Yoga
So, what is prenatal yoga? Prenatal yoga is specifically tailored to the unique needs and challenges of pregnancy. Unlike regular yoga, which may include more intense postures, twists, or compressions, prenatal yoga focuses on gentle movements and poses that are safe for you and your baby.
The Health Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal Yoga isn’t just about athletics, it’s about nurturing your overall health during pregnancy. There are many proven health benefits of yoga. Through our prenatal yoga packages, we aim to harness those benefits, working around the physical limitations that pregnancy can pose—tying our shoes used to be so easy
Stress Reduction: Scientific studies have shown that high stress levels during pregnancy can have long-lasting effects on both mother and baby. Prenatal Yoga provides a safe space for relaxation and mindfulness, helping to lower cortisol levels in the mother’s body. Reduced maternal stress is linked to healthier birth outcomes and can positively impact the baby’s long-term development. Effectively managing your stress levels can also reduce pain perception and thus improve pain tolerance, helping you through the discomforts of pregnancy, such as back pain, swelling, muscle tension, and potentially even childbirth.
Physical Well-being: The gentle yoga postures and stretches can help alleviate these pregnancy discomforts. Research suggests that regular physical activity during pregnancy can improve maternal health, making pregnancy more comfortable and reducing the risk of complications.
Breathing and Relaxation: Prenatal yoga strongly emphasizes deep, mindful breathing techniques. These techniques enhance your lung capacity and prepare you for the focused breathing required during labor. Scientific evidence supports the benefits of controlled breathing in reducing stress and promoting relaxation. On top of that, breathing exercises can increase oxygen flow to your baby, nourishing their developing brain and body.
Pelvic Floor Strength: Our prenatal yoga includes exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles which are crucial for pregnancy, labor, and postpartum recovery. Pelvic floor muscles help keep the position of the uterus within the pelvic cavity, maintaining pelvic stability and reducing discomfort. During labor, they help to push the baby through the birth canal, and during postpartum recovery, these muscles help support the pelvic organs while the body recovers.
Bonding: Prenatal Yoga allows you to connect with your baby on a deeper level. Your baby can sense your presence and energy as you practice mindfulness and this prenatal bonding can contribute to a more secure mother-baby attachment after birth.
Pregnancy can be stressful, and there’s nothing wrong with feeling overwhelmed, but remember that setting aside time for self-care practices is the same as setting aside time for your baby’s care because the connection between expecting mother and baby goes deep. We offer single classes and packages if you want to dip your toes into the water and try our prenatal yoga. Click here to sign up!