Pregnancy Yoga and Relaxation

Pregnancy Yoga and Relaxation

August 2014

Staying active during pregnancy is vital for you and your baby’s health. Not only will it help you regain your wellbeing post-pregnancy, but will also play a positive role in building strength and stamina for labour. All exercise in pregnancy needs to be modified to your specific needs – and everyone is different! You should always speak with your midwife or doctor to find out what is right for you before you start.

Staying active during pregnancy is vital for you and your baby’s health.  Not only will it help you regain your wellbeing post-pregnancy, but will also play a positive role in building strength and stamina for labour.

All exercise in pregnancy needs to be modified to your specific needs – and everyone is different!  You should always speak with your midwife or doctor to find out what is right for you before you start.

Yoga is a fantastic, gentle way for mums-to-be to stay mobile and feel relaxed – often giving you a bit of much needed time out to connect with your baby.  Many pregnancy yoga poses are based on creating good posture and breathing well.

Here at Project-B, we have a team of brilliant experts on board to bring you all kinds of pregnancy advice and information.  Our very own pre and post natal exercise specialist Dr. Joanna Helcke is a true expert in her field (and recently won a national Award for Excellence in Fitness 2014 at Fitpro Live).  By logging on to her website here http://www.joannahelcke.com/pregnancy/pregnancy-exercise2/pregnancy-yoga2/ you can follow her pregnancy-specific guide and find out lots of other information.

As always you have to exercise with care and Dr. Joanna’s recommends the following guidelines should you want to take up yoga throughout your pregnancy:

·         Make sure that your yoga instructor is fully qualified to work with pregnant women! Stay away from Bikram yoga (hot yoga) as the heat and strain of the activity can have a negative effect on both your and your baby’s health. Only try mainstream yoga if you are certain that the instructor is fully qualified in working with pregnant women.

·         Hold gentle stretches for no longer than 10 seconds; do not overstretch to the point of discomfort.

·         Do not do exercises that open out the pelvis if you are suffering from pelvic girdle pain (PGP).

·         Be very careful when stretching the lower back if you are experiencing pain there.

Relax and enjoy! J