Pregnancy news, 05/01/2017
Pregnant Geri Horner recently posted a striking Instagram pic of her practising ‘preggie yoga.’
Practicing yoga in pregnancy is great for you and your baby. Not only can it help you to have a healthy and active pregnancy but Tommy’s researchers have found that it also reduces anxiety and stress.
It’s important to look after both your physical and mental wellbeing in pregnancy. 1 in 10 women suffer with mental health issues in pregnancy and parenthood. With so much going on, in it’s not uncommon to feel anxious or worried in pregnancy.
Yoga is an ideal activity to take up in pregnancy because it focuses on both your mental and physical health.
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.’
Finding a pregnancy yoga class
If you want to take a leaf out of Geri’s book and give pregnancy yoga a go, here’s how to find the right class for you.
Some yoga postures and breathing exercises are not suitable during pregnancy. Because of this, it’s best to find a pregnancy yoga class.
Many, but not all, qualified yoga teachers join the Register of Exercise Professionals, so you could try looking for a local yoga teacher here.
You could also ask at your local fitness centre or see whether your midwife knows of a pregnancy yoga class near you.
Mothers who have gone to antenatal yoga classes will probably not be surprised to learn that recent research we’ve carried out in Manchester shows that it can reduce stress and lessen anxiety during pregnancy.
Yoga is an activity that focuses on mental and physical wellbeing. It uses a series of body positions (called postures) and breathing exercises.
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