A prenatal Yoga practice is similar to a typical Yoga practice, combining Yoga poses, breathing and meditation. While there are some Yoga poses that you should not attempt while pregnant, most are safe during pregnancy.
When combined with cardiovascular exercise, Yoga helps pregnant women gain an appropriate amount of weight and stay strong and limber. You can practice prenatal Yoga throughout pregnancy, from the first trimester right up into early labor.
Practicing prenatal Yoga will help ease back and leg pain as well as reduce swelling and insomnia during pregnancy. Through deep breathing and relaxation, a prenatal Yoga practice can also help reduce anxiety and stress before and during labor. By practicing prenatal yoga, you can peacefully tune in to the changes happening in your body.