Bet the idea of doing downward dog whilst your sporting a HUGE mama belly isn’t really for you? Well it is for some and prenatal yoga is becoming more and more popular with mums-to-be. When paired with cardio, Yoga can be a perfect way to keep your self-trim and healthy throughout those blooming 9 months. The ancient practice keeps you limber, Toned and improves circulation – all things which can go to pot when pregnant.
If like me when I was pregnant and your hormones are ruling your body right now (I was a ticking time bomb) Yoga can help you relax and keep you calm, with just some simple breathing exercises; this also comes in very handy when your in Labour !! Apparently with regular yoga practice it will help you fight the urge to tighten up when you feel pain, and show you how to relax instead. Check out Drew Barrymore attending her Prenatal yoga class earlier this week – HERE
Yoga Tips & Tricks
Great time to start, although I’m sure with fatigue and nausea this is the last thing on your mind, but trust me, you will reap the benefits.
• Only join a class with an instructor that is specifically trained in prenatal yoga.
• Listen to your body and don’t push it.
• Keep hydrated
• Breathe deeply and regularly as you stretch.
Your joints will start to loosen up at this stage so act with caution. Be aware also that your balance will be totally off with your expanding belly so take it slow.
• Don’t hold poses for a long time
• Avoid lying on your back
• Might need to invest in some new yoga gear – Have read of my post on BUMP STYLE for some tips
At this stage the chances of you becoming an elegant yoga poser are around a billion to one – unless your Gisele! So using props such as chairs and walls to support your balance would be a wise move. It would also be an idea to use blocks and straps to help you move through different poses with greater stability.
• Practice breathing techniques regularly – Important for you’re impending Labour!
• Really don’t hold poses for a long time without support
• Really don’t push yourself if you cant balance into a pose its your body telling you – you cant do that pose.
Hope your enjoyed my post on prenatal yoga, I will be following it up with a post natal post soon : )