Prenatal yoga: find balance through your pregnancy

March 01, 2011 12:00 AM by

Once an expectant mother enters her second trimester, it's safe to say she needs to channel her inner zen. Carrying around all that extra weight and dealing with a rollercoaster of emotions can be draining, to say the least.

Whether or not you were a fan of yoga before you became pregnant, experts recommend taking part in the discipline in order to feel fantastic while carrying.

"Yoga eases many of the problems present during pregnancy like nausea, cramping [and] high blood pressure," reports, adding that it "maintains good posture, and thus eliminates back pain."

But how far should a woman go when practicing this form of exercise? No matter how fit you are, most women will find that shifting into downward facing dog can be a challenge with a burgeoning belly in your way.

Professionals advise ladies to listen to their bodies and to make sure they sign up for a prenatal class as opposed to a normal one. In the end, the move is likely to help you find peace when you need it and ease the difficulties of childbirth.


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