Prenatal yoga addresses the physical challenges inherent to pregnancy, such as a shifted center of gravity and lower back pain. These moves will help alleviate aches and build strength in your legs, back and abdominals to prepare you for giving birth.
Yoga also can ease labor and delivery, with moves that relax the hip muscles and use gravity to your advantage. Consider yoga a way to get physically stronger and emotionally healthier during pregnancy.
Even if you've never done yoga before, the modified moves taught in prenatal yoga are both safe and beneficial to expectant moms. Plus, women with difficult pregnancies may find comfort in yoga's gentle motions and breathing.
The ability to remain as relaxed as possible during contractions is a key tool for managing the pain of labor naturally. In this video, prenatal yoga instructor Lela Beem leads you through an exercise to practice relaxation in the midst of effort.