Pregnancy blog, 08/08/2017
Mindy Kaling, comedian and creator of The Mindy Project, was spotted on her way to a pregnancy yoga class in Los Angeles recently.
Mindy is five months pregnant with her first child and joins a long list of stars that have benefited from yoga during their pregnancy.
Our midwife Kate explains:
'There are so many benefits to pregnancy yoga; both physical and mental. It gives you time out to focus on yourself and lets you strengthen your core muscles. These can help you in labour and to recover more quickly after the birth of your baby. You don't need to have practised yoga before, but it's important to practise safely. You should always find a qualified instructor and check with your GP or midwife before starting a class. The most important thing is to listen to your body and enjoy.'
Yoga in pregnancy is a great way to stay active and strengthen your body as baby grows. Many of the breathing techniques you learn in yoga can help you during an active birth, helping you manage the pain and get the baby into the best possible position.
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