You’ll also learn breathing techniques that could help you cope with contractions when you’re in labour.
There are many styles of yoga and you are likely to be directed to the more gentle, slower paced styles such as hatha. Avoid yoga that takes place in heated rooms, such as Bikram – you could overheat.
As your baby grows, your centre of gravity will shift because your bump is getting bigger. This means you’re more likely to lose your balance, so take care and move slowly. For standing postures, use support if you need to – a wall or a chair, for instance.
Join a pregnancy yoga class. As well as covering exercises that are suitable for pregnancy, it’s a good opportunity to meet other pregnant women near you.
Not in itself. In fact, women with uncomplicated pregnancies who exercise have been shown to have a reduced risk of premature birth.
No. Exercise has not been shown to cause miscarriage.
Most types of exercise are fine even if you are overweight. Being active during your pregnancy is safe and healthy for you and your baby.
It should be fine to continue with your usual class as long as you tell your teacher about your pregnancy.
As you’re used to running, it’s fine to carry on during your pregnancy as long as you feel comfortable.
As long as you feel comfortable and you have no medical issues in pregnancy, you can carry on exercising right up until your baby is born.
- Newham JJ, Wittkowski A, Hurley J, Aplin JD, Westwood M (2014) ‘Effects of antenatal yoga on maternal anxiety and depression: a randomized controlled trial’, Depression and Anxiety, 31 (8): 638: 2014http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/da.22268/abstract;jsessionid=8356994E9CF8683BEBFA426268A1E65D.f01t03
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