Pregnancy is perhaps one of the most exciting yet the toughest milestones in a woman’s life. It is crucial, now more than ever, that you take good care of yourself, as your body is carrying and sustaining a new life. You may notice severe changes in your body and your hormones. You must learn to keep everything balanced and your body healthy in the months to come, because your health now will determine the health of your child for their entire life.
If you are about to welcome your precious bundle of joy soon and are looking for ways to maintain your health – you need yoga. Yoga is incredibly beneficial for humans at any stage of life. It can also help you during your pregnancy.
Here, we talk about five easy and effective yoga poses that will help you relieve pregnancy pains, deal with anxiety, help you sleep better and the stretching will make room for the baby to grow. These poses may also make the birthing process a little bit more bearable.
1. Vakrasna (Twisted Pose)
Benefits: Increases the elasticity of the spine while stretching the muscles of the spine, legs, hands and neck and giving a gentle massage to the abdominal organs.
2. Utkatasana (Chair Pose)
Benefits: The pose exercises the spine, hips and chest muscles. Strengthens the lower back and torse. Balances the body and tones the muscles in the thighs, ankles, legs and knees
3. Bhadrasana (Butterfly Pose)
Benefits: It strengthens the inner thigh and pelvic regions. Improves flexibility of the hip and groin. Relieves pain in thighs and knees by strengthening them. Facilitates smooth delivery if practised throughout the pregnancy
4. Parvatasana (Seated Mountain Pose)
Benefits: Improves posture and relieves back pain. Enhances breathing and helps increase lung capacity. Strengthens the abdomen, pelvis and side muscles
5. Veerbhadrasana (Warrior Pose)
Benefits: Improves balance, tones the arms, legs and lower back while increasing stamina
If you have never done yoga before, it is recommended that you practice it under the guidance of an expert as it may have a huge impact on the baby growing inside you, and they can also guide you which yoga poses to avoid during pregnancy. With yoga, you can also try meditation and some breathing exercises to help you relax and lower your anxiety.
This article is reviewed by Suchitra Marwah