Antenatal yoga is a style of yoga specifically designed for pregnant women to practice, regardless of their due date.
The mixture of stretching, controlled breathing and mental focus offers a variety of benefits to expectant mothers. This form of yoga can also increase strength and flexibility in the muscles used during childbirth.
Antenatal yoga may reduce stress levels and improve sleep patterns during pregnancy. It may also alleviate physical discomfort such as nausea, headaches and lower back pain.
Another benefit typically associated with this type of yoga is the way in which the breathing techniques and state of self-awareness learned can help during delivery.
An antenatal yoga class typically includes breathing techniques, pelvic floor exercises, modified yoga postures, gentle stretches, mindful connection with baby and, of course, relaxation!