The breathing and relaxation techniques taught in prenatal yoga helped me to practice for the breathing techniques required during labor as well as aided me in learning to manage the labor pains.I had never done yoga in my life, but a few of my friend’s spoke highly of prenatal yoga, and they convinced me to try it out when I became pregnant. Although a bit skeptical (as I do not have a very flexible body and the weird poses yoga offers seemed impossible to do) I decided to give it a shot.
I went to my local yoga studio and signed up for prenatal yoga classes with an instructor who was certified to teach yoga during pregnancy.
Once I began attending classes, I was very surprised to learn that the yoga postures the instructor took me though were actually very relaxing. They helped reduce pressure on the lower back and ligaments, which was very soothing. It also toned and stretched muscles in certain ways which prepared the body to go though the strenuous rigors of labor and delivery.
The breathing and relaxation techniques taught in prenatal yoga helped me to practice for the breathing techniques required during labor as well as aided me in learning to manage the labor pains.
Over all the prenatal yoga classes were fun and relaxing as opposed to my initial belief that they will be too hard to do. One of the perks of joining a prenatal class included meeting other pregnant women who were experiencing similar pregnancy related symptoms. We were able to share the symptoms and changes in our body and lives with each other, and the class and instructor provided us with a support system like no other.
To this day, I am glad that I decided to try it out as it provided numerous advantages during pregnancy, childbirth and even recovery!