Everyone knows that yoga has numerous physical and mental health benefits. Not only can yoga help with blood pressure, pain management, stress, and anxiety, but it’s also a great way to focus on meditation.
While pregnant women are often told that yoga may harm both mother and baby, studies suggest that some yoga poses are actually good for those who are expecting. Moreover, yoga is also beneficial because you’ll learn how to breathe deeply and consciously relax. This will come in handy during labor and birth.
Here are some helpful yoga poses that are safe to do:
1. Bound Angle Pose
The Bound Angle Pose (also known as Bhaddha Konasana) helps stimulate the abdominal organs, ovaries, bladder, kidneys, and heart. In addition, it also stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees. Yoga Journal notes that consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy can help ease childbirth.
2. Extended Triangle Pose
The Extended Triangle Pose (also known as Utthita Trikonasana) helps relieve stress and backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy. Besides that, it stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine while strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles.
3. Lotus Pose
The Lotus Pose (also known as Padmasana) is a very simple seated yoga pose that helps mommies meditate and stay calm during pregnancy. Furthermore, it helps stimulate the pelvis, spine, abdomen, and bladder.
4. Cat/Cow Pose
The Cat/Cow Pose (also known as Marjaryasana/Bitilasana) is a prenatal yoga pose that works great for opening the spine, hips, and shoulders. Aside from that, the back pain-relieving pose is said to also help to shift the weight of the baby away from the spine.
5. Head-to-Knee Forward Bend
The Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (also known as Janu Sirsasana) helps calm your brain while you stretch your spine, shoulders, hamstrings, and groins. With this position, mom-to-bes are able to strengthens their back muscles during pregnancy (up to second trimester).
6. Warrior II Pose
The Warrior II Pose (also known as Virabhadrasana II) builds strength in the legs and open the hips. Like the Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, this pose helps relieve backaches – especially through second trimester of pregnancy.
7. Bridge Pose
The East Bridge Pose (also known as Setu Bandhasana) stretches and releases tension in the neck. And that’s not all, it can strengthen leg muscles. As long as comfort allows, women in the second trimester may also do this pose.
Source: Yoga Journal.