Prenatal yoga is an increasingly popular way to prepare for the birth of your child. Your pregnant body has very different needs than your pre-pregnant body did! Be sure the yoga class you take is prenatal specific. Your body produces relaxin which prepares you for the birth experience by relaxing connective tissues like ligaments and tendons. This can cause overstretching of connective tissues that you won’t even feel until long after your birth experience.
DeLora’s prenatal yoga classes will prepare your for birth while keeping your body healthy for the rest of your life with safe stretching and aerobic activities, breathing techniques you can use both during your birthing time and afterwards to help you calm yourself and your child.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Increases strength and flexibility
You safely stretch the muscles, but also the tissues encasing your muscles in DeLora’s classes. You also stimulate the organs and promote blood and oxygen circulation to the tissues.
Reduces low back pain
When your pelvis tilts too far forward (a definite risk as the size of the baby increases, and especially if your muscles are weak), the lower back is strained and you are far more likely to feel pain in the low back, hips, and even down the legs. While carefully strengthening your core and your back muscles in DeLora’s classes, you also become very aware of your body alignment and reduce the degree of forward pelvic tilt.
Reduces pain and tiredness in the mid and upper back and neck
Sometimes it’s really hard to find a comfortable position when you sleep. As your pregnancy progresses it could also be hard to find comfortable space even while standing or sitting! As a result, the alignment of your spine can suffer causing muscles to become fatigued and tight. Yoga poses and techniques help you create more fluidity in the spine and relax those tight spots.
Reduces swelling and joint inflammation
Movement such as yoga improves circulation of energy, blood, and oxygen. This flushes your tissues and keeps things flowing so that you have less swelling. If you’ve got swelling that means something is stuck that shouldn’t be! Yoga can open that back up for you and get your fluids moving!
Helps you get ready for birth
One of the many things prenatal yoga does for you is tone your pelvic floor muscles. DeLora’s classes also emphasize breathing techniques you can use during labor. If you want to take this a step further, add her Easing Your Birthing Time class to your prenatal prep!
Improves emotional health
Because DeLora’s classes promote a supportive community, you’ll find yourself surrounded by others who understand what your prenatal life is like! You’ll also learn techniques to increase oxytocin and endorphins in your body, your natural feel-good chemicals!
DeLora wrote a three part series for Austin Yoga Hub about yoga practices for prenatal women. Check out all three installments below.