One of the things I had to let go of as a soon-to-be first-time momma is my hardcore workouts. Hahaha. But that doesn’t mean that being preggo meant I had to stop all forms of exercises. Some mommas are advised by their docs to take it really easy and be on bed rest, but for others who aren’t and who are actually used to working out, prenatal exercises can be really good for you. But as always, you need to consult with your OB-GYN before you do any type of exercise, even if you’re used to it, just to be on the safe side. Remember that not everything that works with one preggo mom will work with another.
For my prenatal yoga at-home routine, I work with Isabel Abad Santos of P.Y.T Studio MNL. She basically goes to my house and it’s really convenient cause she brings all the equipment with her. If you want, you can arrange for a private class and have a few friends join you so that you can split the cost of the class. One of Isabel’s areas of expertise is prenatal and post-natal yoga with mindful birthing techniques, which is why she’s perf for this.
This is what she says shared with me: Prenatal yoga can be a great way to prepare for childbirth. Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is an approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centring, and focused breathing.
Prenatal yoga and other prenatal exercises can help:
– Improve sleep
– Reduce stress and anxiety
– Increase the strength, flexibility, and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
– Decrease lower back pain, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath
– Help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent
Prenatal yoga specifically can also help:
– Lower your blood pressure
– Cut your risk of preterm labor and other complications
– Stabilize your moods
– Manage your weight
– Improve your delivery experience
A typical prenatal yoga class (which I get to do in the vid below with Isabel) normally includes some breathing exercises, gentle stretching, different postures, and cool down and relaxation.
What I do is a prenatal yoga class so if you are taking a yoga class that isn’t specifically for preggo women, you have to let your instructor know that you’re expecting before you start the class so that he/she can help you modify along the way.
Btw, this is just part one of two blogs and vlogs I’ll be doing about prenatal yoga! The next one will be about dos and don’ts, and what to expect when you exercise per trimester.
Don’t forget to watch the vid below and let me know what you think 🙂