Definition - What does Prenatal Yoga mean?
Prenatal yoga is a style designed for pregnant women to practice, regardless of their due date.
The mixture of stretching, controlled breathing and mental focus offers a variety of benefits to expectant mothers. This form of yoga can also increase strength and flexibility in the muscles used during childbirth.
Yogapedia explains Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga may reduce stress levels and improve sleep patterns during pregnancy. It may also alleviate physical discomfort such as nausea, headaches and lower back pain.
Another benefit typically associated with this type of yoga is the way in which the breathing techniques and state of self-awareness learned can help during delivery.
A Prenatal yoga class will typically include deep breathing, gentle stretching and suitable postures, with props often used.