Our very own yoga teacher, Elizabeth H, is expecting her first child! In a happy conjunction with National Yoga Month, she will be offering a Prenatal Yoga Workshop this September. But what are the benefits of a prenatal yoga practice? Of course, you should always check in with a health care provider about exercising during pregnancy (especially if it may be new to you) but many sources say that prenatal yoga offers a myriad of benefits for both you and your baby!
In this description of a systemic review of 11 studies on the effects of yoga during pregnancy, they list that,
“All studies found that prenatal yoga provided significant benefits, and no adverse effects were reported. Significant findings from the randomized studies included an increase in infant birth weight, lower incidence of pregnancy complications, shorter duration of labor, and less pain among yoga practitioners. Significant findings from the non-randomized and qualitative studies included decrease in pain, improved quality of sleep, increased maternal confidence, and improved interpersonal relationships among pregnant women who practiced yoga.“
Another online resource from the Mayo Clinic lists some more details in which practicing prenatal yoga might be beneficial:
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
- Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby’s growth
** The Mayo Clinic resource adds: You may not be able to do prenatal yoga if you are at increased risk of preterm labor or have certain medical conditions, such as heart disease or back problems.
Come join the supportive community of a Prenatal Yoga Workshop Friday Sept 25th 10am-11:30am! You can sign up for the workshop here, or reach out to the front desk for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org