Are you a yoga newbie and not sure what to expect on your new prenatal yoga class? Maybe you’re a bit nervous about trying something new? Don’t worry! This is the place for you. You’re going to wonder why you never tried yoga before.
First off, if you have never done yoga before, you need to stick strictly with prenatal yoga while you are pregnant.
If you had a solid background in yoga before becoming pregnant, then you might be able to keep up in your current yoga class with modifications during your first and second trimester until your belly starts to grow and expand. It will probably get in the way shortly, and that’s where prenatal yoga comes in.
During the first trimester of being pregnant, you should do a very gentle practice regimen or nothing in any way. The reason for this is because you are at the greatest risk of a miscarriage during this period. This is also when most women are feeling the most nauseated and fatigued, which might make it tough to do any exercise, not just prenatal yoga. Вut оссаsіоnаllу fоrсіng уоursеlf tо gеt uр аnd mоvе mаkеs уоu fееl bеttеr.
When to Begin
Most women get over the first hormone surges, fatigue, and nausea from the beginning of their second trimester. Obviously, this is the time when many moms start their first prenatal yoga class. Attending your new class will be among the most gratifying times during your pregnancy. You will feel bonded with your infant as well as a blissful peace and serenity as you get in tune with your every breath.
Make sure you are eating a fantastic meal two hours before every class or a mild protein snack. Pregnancy is one of the quickest ways to use your blood sugar. Your body has a fantastic source of reserves, but every last bit of energy will support the ever-growing placenta and fetus.
Now you are almost over this whole being pregnant thing. Uncomfortable? Your belly has stretched out more than you knew possible and you are developing a whole little person in there! Being pregnant is truly a blessing, but you can’t wait until it’s over.
This is the perfect time to build up your endurance and courage. A good prenatal yoga instructor will help you through these difficult times, encouraging you to expand your breath and breathe through the discomfort, similar to labor. That deep breathing practice will get you through any challenges you may face in labor and birth.
Prenatal yoga helps in preparing one for labor. One mom said, “Your prenatal yoga classes helped me have a natural birth. The breathing helped get me through each labor contraction; your labor and birth guidance gave me the capability to accomplish a natural birth. And, twice weekly pregnancy yoga practice gave me the stamina in my legs to squat while pushing my baby girl out and to the world! We had the most remarkable birthing experience.”
There are various positions and stretches you will learn through your courses that will prepare you for birth, helping your infant drop into the right position, finding comfort in labor and even help with the powerful pushing phase of childbirth.
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Each class ends with a Sanskrit salutation, Namaste, extending friendship, honoring, and respecting one another. So, honor yourself and the blessing of your pregnancy and have some mama and baby time. Look for an instructor who has training in prenatal yoga and begins to enjoy this special time in your life even more while improving your health and well-being.