Yoga for Expectant Mothers

Prenatal yoga can be a great way to not only work the body in an essential way for moms-to-be, but also provides a good preparation for the breath and mind for delivery and beyond. The main benefits of yoga during pregnancy are:


Breathing exercises can be incredibly helpful during pregnancy for calming and centering purposes, and to maximize oxygen flow when you need it. Breath control is an invaluable asset for pain management in labor and birth.

Pelvic Floor Muscles 

Throughout a pregnancy yoga class you strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. These muscles support the vital reproductive and digestion organs, as well as the baby during pregnancy. 

A strong pelvic floor muscle can enable a woman to carry a baby more comfortably during pregnancy and will help both the mother and baby during labour and delivery.


As your baby grows the abdominal muscles are weakened and extra pressure is put on your lower back muscles. In yoga we gently work all four abdominal muscles to keep them a little strong alleviating the symptoms of backache. To alleviate the pressure in the lower back we stretch the upper leg muscles and lower back allowing tension to release.

Connection with baby

Prenatal yoga gives moms a heightened ability to connect with the experience of being pregnant in the here and now, and bond with their babies. It is easy to lose that feeling in the hub of the everyday, so having a dedicated time to relax and connect can be a real gift, the echoes can last a lifetime.

Practicing yoga during your pregnancy will also:

  • Help relieve anxiety of the birth and health of baby
  • Open your hips to accommodate birth
  • Provide a calm and relaxing atmosphere
  • Great way to meet other mums and form a supportive network
  • Develop acceptance of the changes in your body
  • Increase your flexibility and strength
  • Boost circulation aiding fluid retention
  • Improves posture
  • Breathing exercises reduce mood swings and nausea

As always, check with your physician before you begin any new exercise program.

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