Pregnancy is a special time for all mothers to be and while this special time should be relished, it is also important for you to try to keep in shape. Though it would be great to stay in shape during pregnancy, it is advised that exercise routines be discussed with a medical practitioner before being put into practice. Rigorous exercising may not be good for you and your baby and therefore it is better if you take it slow. Yoga, in fact, presents an excellent alternative for women who want to keep in shape without causing any complications in their pregnancy...
...and subsequent harm to their unborn babies.
Prenatal yoga, owing to its excellent benefits for mothers to be, can not only help you keep in shape but will also help you beat some of the common symptoms of pregnancy.
Special yoga classes for pregnant women even help prepare first-time mothers for what they can expect at the time of their baby’s birth. A yoga class has other benefits too. You get to meet other pregnant women and share their experiences, compare stories, and get advice.
Since pregnancy is divided into three trimesters, pregnancy yoga is also practiced depending upon which stage of your pregnancy you are in. For first time yoga practitioners, yoga during the first trimester usually involves testing your body and understanding its needs. Pregnancy yoga exercises aim at loosening up the body and preparing it for the next level of yoga asanas for pregnancy.
Yoga exercises for pregnancy may initially cause nausea and other discomforts that are essentially symptoms of pregnancy. While practicing yoga positions during pregnancy, it is not uncommon for many women to feel faint and sick. In such a case, it is best to stop what you are doing and take a break.
Pregnancy yoga workouts in the second trimester have many less setbacks. By this time, your changing body will have got accustomed to the yoga poses in pregnancy. Some of the poses that are useful in this period are the Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose), Virabhadrasana (Warrior Pose II), and Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). These will help give your body flexibility.
In the third trimester, the pregnancy is at the last stage and therefore practicing poses may become challenging. During this period gentle stretching exercises can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy. The exercises also prepare the body for the upcoming delivery.