The prenatal yoga helps the mother-to-be to go through her pregnancy in the most peaceful way possible, and to approach childbirth without fear. Prenatal yoga works at different levels.
- On physical well-being : it offers postures from yoga, but specifically adapted to the problem of pregnant women for’soothe lower back pain, of the sciatic nerve, improve the elasticity of the perineum… On the other hand, there is no work done on the abdominals, of course.
- On psychological well-being : it allows the pregnant woman to reconnect to her, to his feelings, to his baby, to enjoy a moment that makes him feel good because the breathing exercises bring relaxation and away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Prenatal yoga: a good preparation for childbirth
Practiced every week, prenatal yoga prepares the body for childbirth by promoting a good pelvic mobility, a muscle tone, and an better breathing management during working hours, in addition to childbirth preparation sessions.
Thanks to prenatal yoga, the mother-to-be is also closer to the sensations of his body. She has also worked self-confidence, which will help her on the day of childbirth to believe in her abilities and to approach this physical ‘marathon’ more calmly. She will see there too a benefit in terms of post-childbirth fatigue, with faster recovery.
Until when to practice prenatal yoga?
The expectant mother can attend prenatal yoga classes until the end of pregnancy. There is no no real contraindication except, of course, in case of bed rest.
Although a medical certificate of fitness is not always required, it is important to give the yoga teacher a brief report on their last obstetrical appointment so that it best adapts the positions. For example, if the baby is already low, there will be no squatting position.
Some prenatal yoga positions
- The cow pose : sitting, legs crossed on top of each other, we stretch upwards.
- The tree pose (carried out with a wall within reach) helps to work on the balance that can be disturbed in pregnant women, the weight of the uterus pulling forward. Standing, lean on the left leg, bend the right leg and position your foot at the ankle, calf or upper thigh.
Tree pose © istock
- The cat-cow pose : on all fours, we do the hollow back, the round back, without insisting on the digging but rather to seek the stretch.