Why pregnant women do yoga

16th July 2018

Why pregnant women do yoga

Why pregnant women do Yoga

Who's to say that pregnant women have to stop everything they used to do before their pregnancy?

As a pregnant woman you need to have the strength to carry your baby, build stamina, and learn how to cope with the lack of sleep. Movement is what you need to stay healthy with your little baby before and after your pregnancy.

Meeting other women going through pregnancy will help. They can understand what your going through even without talking. Join a yoga antenatal class Feelgood about your pregnancy and make new friends and learn to bond with your baby.

Start your lovely yoga journey learn to connect with your baby before it is born.


Join a prenatal Yoga class where you will learn how yoga can help you cope with the changes in your body as your baby grows inside. Yoga will help you through the physical and psychological changes that you will experience.

Yoga will help you with the physical and help you deal with pain and discomfort associated with pregnancy and prepare you for childbirth'.

It's important to choose the right class and the right qualified yoga instructor. If you suffer from any problems let your yoga teacher know and inform your doctor. Not all Yoga is safe for pregnant women. Any poses in which you lie flat on your back, or require a lot of abdominal stretching, are not recommended for pregnant women.

Prenatal Yoga classes involve moderate exercise lasting about 30 minutes without pushing yourself, the only thing you need is relax, there is no reason to stress or push yourself.

Remember that you must move gently, slowly and safely.


If you are at risk of premature labour is recommended not to practice prenatal Yoga. Consult your doctor first before joining a class.



Nausea and vomiting are very common during the pregnancy and even if they are called “morning sickness” they can occur at any time of the day. There is no right way to deal with nausea and vomiting in pregnancy, and what works for one woman may not work for the next.

Yoga to help you feel better, and decrease your nausea. There are some specific yoga poses for sickness.

  • Supported Child's Pose
  • Supported Reclined Hero's Pose
  • Supported Reclined Butterfly Pose
  • Supported Bound Ankle Pose
  • Legs Up the Wall Pose
  • Dog and Cat Pose
  • Extend Side Angle Pose
  • Sideways Swing

Other tips you can use to avoid or morning sickness:

  • Don't let your tummy get empty. Carry snacks and eat them whenever you need.
  • Smells and tastes can help. Sniffing lemon, orange, grapefruit, or lime. Sucking on citrus candies, lollipops or meant (gum or mints).
  • Stay hydrated
  • Drink Ginger tea (you can have Ginger biscuit as a snack)
  • Stay away from fatty foods

Remember the key word is: breathe. And you will notice the difference.


Back pain is a common issue when carrying a baby. Yoga can help you by improving your posture and strengthen your muscles to deal with the weight and stress that carrying a baby can have on your back.

Some Yoga pose that can help you with back pain:

  • Reclined Bound Angle Pose
  • Child's Pose
  • Cat/Cow Pose
  • Garland or Squat Pose
  • Goddess Pose
  • Extended Triangle Pose
  • Extend Side Angle Pose
  • Corpse Pose


Mood swings are also common during pregnancy and if you experienced them you have to know that you are not alone and you will be for sure a good mum.

Yoga can improve your emotional feelings and reduce your mood swings, you can relax and reduce stress and anxiety.

Also to feel better you have to eat well, take a nap during the day, spend time with your partner, watch a movie with a friend and most important thing don't be so hard on yourself.

Yoga helps you FEELGOOD. It's a all part of giving birth. Your hormones are changing so you will get ups and downs. Its all part of the process. Don't be sad because you are the most important human being on the Earth to your baby.


Stay hydrated through the day. Keep a bottle of water next to you during your yoga workouts.


There are several things that you can do ease feet and legs swelling during your pregnancy.

Always stay hydrated, elevate your feet especially at the end of the day, massage and magnesium can help, with light exercise as YOGA, walking and swimming.


It's normal and maybe it's the worst part of all this. You have to practice your breathing and it will help to reduce your mood swings and nausea.

Breathing will help you to allow more oxygen into the body, it will calm you not only on the mat but in every situation of your life especially when there's a belly in the way and with the new emotional condition.

There are studies that also show that strong, deep breathing can help to free yourself from anxiety childbirth.


Yoga has been said to have some benefit in keeping women in shape but also helping them get back to shape after birth as well.


The best and emotional thing of Prenatal Yoga classes is that you can feel your baby, you can create a connection with him/her and feel every kick and flutter as you breathe. You will have the time to concentrate and be actually with the baby.


Under correct supervised tuition prenatal yoga classes are safe. However if you suffer from a medical condition you should consult your medical practitioner first before attending a class. Yoga calms both mind and body and gives physical and emotional stress relief that you absolutely need during and after your pregnancy and increase your body awareness as your baby grows.

These are some of the SAFE POSES often used in prenatal pregnancy yoga classes:

  • Butterfly stretch
  • Cat-cow
  • Cobra
  • Seated forward bend
  • Side angle pose
  • Standing forward bend
  • Triangle pose
  • Warrior II
  • Bride Pose
  • Kick Pigeon Pose
  • Tree Pose

AVOID these poses:

  • Backbends
  • Balancing poses on one leg
  • Camel
  • Handstands
  • Headstands
  • Upward bow
  • Plank Cross
  • Locust Pose
  • Plow Pose
  • Boat Pose

Every class will be different and teaching styles and exercises will differ from teacher to teacher. Some of our yoga teachers specialise in baby yoga and have many years of experience which is invaluable for first time pregnancies.


Postnatal Yoga classes incorporates the little one into the practice so you can do Yoga after the the birth. It helps you recover from pregnancy and birth.

Postnatal Yoga gives you positivity, you can talk with the other mums in the same your situation and tell them how you feel. So you can build trust in yourself and confidence in handling baby.


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Source: Serena Fariello