Column: 5 Reasons to Try Prenatal Yoga | Your health
If you’re pregnant, maintaining a consistent exercise routine is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your baby, too.
Exercise is so beneficial that the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) encourages all women with uncomplicated pregnancies to do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise per week, in addition to strength training. twice a week.
Here’s something else experts recommend: prenatal yoga.
Whether you’ve been exercising for years or starting a new habit now that you expect, prenatal yoga is the perfect addition to your weekly routine, thanks to its impressive list of well-documented benefits.
Benefits of prenatal yoga
Prenatal yoga is a restorative style of yoga that focuses on stretching, breathing, postures and movements specially designed for the pregnant body. Movements are modified to accommodate common physiological changes that occur during pregnancy.
Prenatal yoga is considered safe and beneficial for pregnant women and their babies, according to organizations such as ACOG, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Mayo Clinic, to name a few. Here are five reasons to add prenatal yoga to your #momlife.
1. Prenatal yoga relieves common pains associated with pregnancy. Lower back pain, nausea, and headaches are common problems faced by pregnant and postpartum women. Fortunately, prenatal yoga is a drug-free, non-invasive way to relieve all of these problems and more.
2. Prenatal yoga relaxes the mind and improves mental health. Studies have shown that prenatal yoga reduces maternal anxiety and depression and alleviates stress. It can even improve sleep, which has a huge impact on mood and brain function.
3. Prenatal yoga prepares your body for childbirth (and beyond). The movements and postures used in prenatal yoga increase strength, endurance and flexibility. It helps moms manage the physical demands of labor and delivery, and can aid recovery in the postpartum period. Additionally, prenatal yoga teaches specific poses and breathing techniques that can be used to aid in the labor itself.
A systematic review of six randomized controlled trials found that prenatal yoga can even reduce labor hours. And a 2018 randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine found that women participating in prenatal yoga were less likely to have a cesarean section and reported greater pain tolerance compared to the control group without yoga. .
4. The health benefits of prenatal yoga may extend to your baby. I’m always excited about research that shows how taking care of yourself helps you take care of others too. In this case, regular participation in prenatal yoga has been shown to reduce the risk of preterm delivery and improve the infant’s birth weight.
5. You can achieve an all-natural pregnancy glow. You always hear about that elusive pregnancy glow that many mothers attribute to the sparkling sweat that comes with all that morning sickness. But what if your pregnancy glow came from all the energy and peace you had during pregnancy instead? Prenatal yoga offers the unique opportunity to bring your mind, body and spirit together in a beautiful experience. It allows you to safely get to know your body and explore the limits of your mind.
And when you fall in love with the experience of pregnancy in your mind, body, and spirit, you will undoubtedly glow.
Prenatal yoga sessions
PhysioFit offers prenatal yoga, taught by Alexis. Mom herself, Alexis experienced the benefits of prenatal yoga. She brings her extensive training in prenatal yoga as well as years of experience teaching Pilates, Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis to help pregnant and postpartum women feel healthier, physically and mentally.
“With prenatal yoga, you
can focus on things you can do that are beneficial, rather than avoiding things you can’t do, ”Alexis said.
Talk about empowerment.
Moms-to-be can call PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness to learn more about our prenatal yoga sessions. Taking care of your prenatal and postpartum needs will help you and your baby feel better.
Kim Gladfelter is the owner of PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness in Los Altos. PhysioFit offers both in-person / virtual physical therapy and virtual therapeutic fitness. For more information call 887-6046 or visit physiofitpt.com.