Using Yoga to Stay Fit during Pregnancy
There are several great ways to stay fit while you’re pregnant including: swimming, walking, and yoga.
Some of the benefits yoga during pregnancy brings is: better sleep, relieve feelings of depression or anxiety, and improved flexibility & strength to the muscles you’ll be using during childbirth!
**Note: There are some yoga poses that are better to avoid during your pregnancy. Click here to read which poses those are.
How does Prenatal Yoga help you Stay Fit?
#1 You are less likely to gain a lot of weight!
Which also means you’ll lose the baby weight quicker after your baby is born. And who wouldn’t like that?!
#2 You’ll have greater flexibility!
When you are doing yoga, you’re stretching different muscles and increasing your range of motion which, with regular practice, helps to improve flexibility.
#3 You’re less likely to have leg swelling!
Poor circulation and fluid retention during pregnancy can lead to leg and ankle swelling. Doing yoga can help improve circulation and ease the swelling from retaining fluids.
And if you have less leg swelling, you’ll be happier when you’re exercising which will make you more motivated to exercise; increasing the benefits you get with prenatal yoga!
According to FitPregnancy.com, “A landmark study found that among well-conditioned women who delivered vaginally, those who had continued training throughout their pregnancy experienced active labor for 4 hours and 24 minutes compared with 6 hours and 22 minutes for those who’d quit training early on. Two hours less of hard labor is nothing to sneer at!”
What Yoga Poses are best to Stay Fit during Pregnancy?
My favorite poses to strengthen the body…
My favorite poses for strengthening (and increasing flexibility of) the muscles needed for childbirth…
Prenatal Yoga DVD Workout with Julie Schoen – 60 Minutes for All Trimesters with Meditation & Restorative Poses for Beginners & Beyond
As with any exercise routine, be sure to consult your doctor before starting especially if you have been told you have a weak cervix, have had bleeding/spotting, have a high risk pregnancy (or have in the past), or have been put on bed rest with this or a previous pregnancy.
Practicing yoga during pregnancy was one of the things I felt really helped me stay fit (and not gain a lot of weight!) during my pregnancy!