Yoga in pregnancy: the benefits for mom and baby

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Elia Tabuenca García
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Yoga during pregnancy is recommended to expectant mothers to prepare the body and mind for childbirth. Pregnancy can be a delicate moment, depending on a woman's health conditions, but also a very happy period of life in which to deepen one's knowledge of oneself and one's body while going through a phase of change.



Lo Yoga in pregnancy it is recommended to future mothers to prepare the body and mind for childbirth. Pregnancy can be a delicate moment, depending on a woman's health conditions, but also a very happy period of life in which to deepen one's knowledge of oneself and one's body while going through a phase of change.



During the nine months the female body prepares to welcome a new life and the mind also goes hand in hand: we think of all the preparations necessary for the arrival of a baby or a girl, both on a practical and organizational level.

Lo Yoga and meditation they can represent a moment to dedicate only to oneself during pregnancy, an opportunity to relax and to prepare for a birth that is as peaceful and without anxiety as possible.

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Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

Yoga in pregnancy, if practiced correctly, by listening to your body e following the advice of an expert, can guarantee benefits both to the expectant mother and to the baby. Let's find out some of them.

More strength and energy

Practicing asanas strengthens the arms, legs, shoulders and hips. All those parts of the body that they contribute to support the weight of the baby bump and which generally need to be toned.

Relax

Breathing deeply while practicing Yoga has a positive effect on the nervous system and encourages the activation of the parasympathetic system, which guides us in the relaxation, promotes sleep and digestion.

Equilibrio

During pregnancy the woman's organism finds itself having to establish a new balance, both from a physical and psychological point of view. The practice of asanas and meditation helps to support both the mind and the body in this special quest. Thus a new balance is possible.

Contact with oneself and with the child

Yoga is not only useful from a physical point of view - between pelvic floor preparation and improved circulation - but also from an emotional and self-seeking point of view. With the calm breathing typical of Yoga and relaxation, future mothers can come into deep contact with their own self and with the little one who is preparing to face life, in an extraordinary inner search.



Preparation for childbirth

Approaching the time of birth as calmly as possible offers extraordinary benefits for both mother and baby. Yoga helps to learn breathing techniques that can be useful during the labor, especially to reduce tension.

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Some recommendations

To practice or not to practice Yoga during pregnancy? It is really a personal choice that depends a lot on the health conditions and the goals you want to achieve. It being understood that those who do not feel like practicing the asana he can still devote himself to meditation. It is important to remember that:

1) Some schools advise against practicing Yoga during pregnancy. Much depends on the types of asanas proposed and on i different methods of practice and teaching.

2) A Yoga teacher may advise you to accompany or replace the practice of asanas with the meditation during pregnancy.

3) The period in which to practice Yoga during pregnancy can vary according to the health conditions of the expectant mother, the method followed and the exercises suggested by the teacher. Some teachers, for example, may advise you to practicing Yoga in the third trimester and to refrain from practicing especially during the first trimester, the most delicate.


The recommendation regarding the practice of Yoga in pregnancy is above all to avoid the do-it-yourself and di rely on an experienced and competent teacher, possibly with a specialization dedicated to asanas and exercises for expectant mothers. You can follow both individual lessons, very useful for finding answers to all your doubts and needs, and group meetings, ideal for those looking for other pregnant women with whom to compare and socialize while waiting.


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