If you are pregnant (or know someone who is) this could be one of the most important messages you ever read.
Ob/Gyns, Midwives, and Mothers-to-be have been stunned by the research about how yoga lessens the pain of labor and delivery.
The practice of yoga has many positive effects on pregnant women. Yoga includes physical stretching, mental centering and breath awareness. This makes it an ideal preparation for labor and childbirth.
Yoga encourages relaxation, internal focus and slowed breathing patterns, goals that are common in many types of childbirth preparation classes such as Lamaze and Bradley Childbirth method.
Yoga may help relieve many of the common discomforts of pregnancy, such as lower back pain, nausea, insomnia, carpal tunnel syndrome and headaches.
Research suggests that yoga can help relax the body while preparing the muscles of the lower body for use in childbirth.
The breathing techniques used in yoga can help reduce or manage the shortness of breath that may accompany pregnancy and teach women how to breathe through physically challenging experiences such as labor.
Yoga encourages pregnant women to be mindful of the body's innate capacities and to recognize the connection among mind, body and breath. Yoga techniques also may be useful in promoting postpartum recovery and coping with the stresses of parenting.
Yoga during pregnancy is safe for most healthy women.
My name is Gail Pickens-Barger and I teach Gentle Beginning Yoga at the YMCA of Port Arthur Texas. I can give you alternate poses if you are pregnant and taking my classes.