Everyone can benefit from yoga…no matter your age or ability…and that’s especially true for when you are pregnant. Your body goes though many changes as you progress through pregnancy and yoga will help make those challenging times a bit easier. I began prenatal yoga at 12 weeks and took class all the way up until the night my water broke. Yep, that’s right! My water broke just an hour after my last class! As my belly grew I still felt as though I could move freely and although I did have some back pain I never suffered from sciatica. I honestly feel that practicing yoga twice a week during 2nd and 3rd trimesters helped me have a fairly quick and natural delivery for a first time mom. I was able to change into different yoga positions during labor to help ease my discomfort and yoga breathing helped keep me calm during difficult contractions. The best part of yoga was the relationships I made with my yoga teachers and the other moms in class!
Here is what 5 other first time moms have to say about their yoga experience during pregnancy:
“Yoga during pregnancy has been helpful in terms of supporting my strength, flexibility, and breathing technique. It is also calming and balancing for me.” – Mary
“I swear by prenatal yoga! I tell any pregnant woman, especially first time moms about how it was a huge help in keeping my muscles activated, and engaged. Without the stretching and strengthening I would have fallen apart long before week 41! Prenatal yoga also helped with actually giving labor, by keeping my body awareness on track, which I think played a large role in delivery. And I found some great other mommies to hang with after baby came. Loved it.” – Renee
“I loved my prenatal yoga class! Not only did it keep my mind clear and keep me in a good mood, it kept my body in shape and stretched, helping ease any pregnancy related body ailment that tried to creep up on me. Despite how large my belly ended up getting, I never really felt huge or uncomfortable because I did yoga every Saturday and continued the routine through out the week. I really believe prenatal yoga helped me heal quickly after my emergency c section. My body was strong even after the traumatic surgery. I also made mommy friends in that class who all just attended my sons first birthday! How many babies can say they have instant friends?! I strongly recommend pre natal yoga to all expectant moms!” – Allison
“Staying fit and healthy during my pregnancy was a priority for my physical and mental health, as well as that of my baby. After a certain point in my pregnancy, running and my other forms of fitness were no longer possible. It was then that I turned to prenatal yoga. After my first class I was wondering why I hadn’t started earlier! By my second class I made two new Mommy Friends. Prenatal yoga helped me keep my core strong and helped me focus on breathing and relaxing…all essential for a smooth labor. I highly recommend taking at least a few classes to help with fitness, relaxation, and finding some mommy friends.” – Stefanie
“I had a strong yoga practice before my pregnancy, practicing anywhere from 3-6 times a week. I feel that continuing my yoga practice throughout my pregnancy helped me mentally and physically. I had very little aches and pains throughout my pregnancy. I had very little swelling which didn’t even happen until the last 3 weeks. I was calm and well rested (even if I got up 3-6 times a night to pee). I feel that channelling my yoga breathing helped me stay calm throughout the labor process. I have also taken a work shop on breathing techniques which also helped.” – Kym
Do you have a positive experience with yoga during pregnancy? If so, share in the comment section below!