If you had a strong background in yoga prior to getting pregnant, then you may be able to stay in your current yoga class with modifications through your first and second trimester till your belly really starts to grow and expand. It will probably get in the way soon 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 at all. The reason for this is because you are at the greatest risk for a miscarriage during this time. This is also when most women are feeling the most nauseated and fatigued, which may make it difficult to do any exercise, not only prenatal yoga. But sometimes forcing yourself to get up and move makes you feel better.
When to Begin
Most women get over the initial hormone surges, fatigue, and nausea by the start of their second trimester. Naturally this is the time when many mothers start their first prenatal yoga class. Attending your new class will be one of the most gratifying times throughout your pregnancy. You will feel bonded with your baby as well as a blissful peace and serenity as you get in tune with your every breath.
Make sure you are eating a good meal two hours before every class or a light protein snack. Pregnancy is one of the fastest ways to use your blood sugar. Your body has a good source of reserves, but every last bit of energy is going to support the ever-growing placenta and fetus.
Now you are about over this whole being pregnant thing. Uncomfortable? Your belly has stretched out more than you knew was possible and you are growing a whole little person in there! Being pregnant is truly a blessing, but you can’t wait till it’s over.
This is the perfect time to build up your endurance and courage. A good prenatal yoga instructor will help you in 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 definitely helped me have a natural birth. The breathing helped get me through each labor contraction; your labor and birth advice gave me the ability 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 into the world! We had the most amazing birthing experience.”
There are many positions and stretches you will learn throughout your classes that will prepare you for birth, helping your baby drop into the right position, finding comfort in labor and even help with the powerful pushing phase of childbirth.
The Light In Me Bows to the Light In You
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 begin to enjoy this special time in your life even more while improving your health and well being.