Yoga itself has evolved so much over the last 500 years, and whilst I know that being pregnant can be challenging for some in the first trimester, it’s also important to keep your fitness levels on the radar so your optimum health and fitness won’t be compromised.
Nowadays, there are so many prenatal classes to choose from, with almost every yoga studio offering a couple of classes per day. Prenatal yoga is a practice designed for moms-to-be! It can help to support both emotionally and physically with an emphasis on core strength, breath work, restorative poses, and stamina. It’s also common practice that most instructors will have had some sort of training in prenatal yoga. So next time you’re in class, pop your hand up and mention to your teacher that you are pregnant and they’ll give you variations best suited to you.
If you’re already a mum, you’ll know that practicing your normal yoga with a baby in your belly is not an easy task. Your aching hips and back are the two prime areas that feel the brunt of being pregnant. Because being pregnant is all about your pelvis and abdomen and supporting one another, and the below sequence will help to strengthen these areas. Incorporate these poses into your regular practice at least 3 to 5 times a week to strengthen your belly throughout your pregnancy. All you need is a calming space, a thick mat, some gentle music and fresh air and you’re on your way to a beautiful experience.
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These below exercises utilize the core muscles that will increase strength. But as always, please consult your doctor before adding in anything new to your yoga practice as everyone, and their baby is different.