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7. YOGA AND PREGNANCY
Yoga is excellent for women who are pregnant however they will need to take certain precautions before doing yoga and they should only do the recommended exercises under the supervision and guidance of a trained professional who can ensure that their health and that of the baby to be aren’t endangered in any way.
For those women who have been doing yoga for quite some time and have a better understanding of what is involved it will still be necessary to get expert opinion before performing many exercises as there are unique considerations that need to be taken into account when pregnant.
Yoga will help the mother to remain more relaxed and calm throughout the pregnancy and this will generally help in childbirth. A child who is born to a mother who has little stress in her life, a positive outlook and optimum health will also begin life with an advantage over those who come into the world under less ideal circumstances.
Being able to relax properly and remain calm, and also to understand and utilize correct breathing will make childbirth a more pleasant occasion.
Many women suffer from back pain during pregnancy and yoga is wonderful for helping to alleviate the pain and help with posture and the additional demands that are placed on the body.
Yoga is also an excellent form of exercise to help new mothers through the postnatal period where it is common for many women to suffer from postnatal depression.
Even where postnatal depression occurs, a person who is regularly practicing yoga will be able to cope better with the situation and more often than not overcome the depression faster than those who aren’t taking advantage of the assistance that yoga can offer.
Yoga will also help to cope with the stresses that are to be expected with a newborn baby in the home.