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Nurturing Both: The Incredible Benefits of Prenatal Yoga for Mum and Baby

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What are the benefits of Prenatal Yoga during pregnancy?

Using yoga during pregnancy can offer numerous benefits for both the mother and the baby. It's essential to practice yoga safely and under the guidance of a qualified instructor or a prenatal yoga specialist.

Here are some of the benefits of practising prenatal yoga during pregnancy:

1. Physical well-being: Yoga can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, which can be beneficial during pregnancy as the body goes through various physical changes.

2. Stress reduction: Pregnancy can be a stressful time, and yoga encourages relaxation and helps reduce stress and anxiety levels.

3. Improved sleep: Yoga can aid in better sleep quality, which is often disrupted during pregnancy due to hormonal changes and discomfort.

4. Pain relief: Certain yoga poses and stretches can relieve common pregnancy discomforts, such as lower back pain, hip pain, and tight muscles.

5. Preparation for childbirth: Prenatal yoga can teach breathing techniques and relaxation methods that may be helpful during labour and delivery.

6. Bonding with the baby: Yoga practice can create a sense of connection with the growing baby and enhance the mother's awareness of her body and the changes occurring within.

7. Circulation and lymphatic flow: Gentle movements in yoga can promote blood circulation and lymphatic flow, which can be beneficial for reducing swelling and supporting overall health.

8. Pelvic floor strengthening: Yoga exercises that focus on the pelvic floor can help prepare for childbirth and aid in postpartum recovery.

9. Networking and support: Prenatal yoga classes often create a supportive community where pregnant women can share experiences and find support.

10. Better posture: As the baby grows, the body's centre of gravity shifts, leading to postural changes. Yoga can help maintain better posture and reduce discomfort associated with poor alignment.

Whilst there are many benefits, it is crucial to remember that every pregnancy is different, and not all yoga poses are safe for all women during pregnancy. It's best to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise routine, including yoga, during pregnancy, especially if there are any medical concerns or complications.

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Prenatal Yoga with Hypnobirthing Techniques

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JAYNE MICALLEF, Yoga & Hypnobirthing Teacher 

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