It has been advised that practising regular yoga is beneficial for pregnant women if repeated three times per week.
This is not a fitness routine, but a routine for softening and relaxing the mind, connecting the woman with the changes happening to her body.
During labour, the skills of yoga can help the expectant mother connect with her breathing, teaching them how to be more in tune with their body – while not a pain relief, it may help promote relaxation even during the more severe contractions.
Below are four yoga poses that can help the relaxation process during your pregnancy:
Bound angle pose
This pose helps stretch the groin muscles, can strengthen the muscles used for labour and increase the flexibility of the knees and inner thighs.
Sit comfortably on a mat or cushion. Have your spine tall, drawing your shoulders down toward the floor. Bring the soles of your feet together and let your knees fall – as if you are to sit cross-legged. Interlace your fingers…