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MOVE: PRENATAL YOGA

If you’re pregnant, how can you reduce your risk for preterm labor and sleep better? Studies have shown that prenatal yoga may do just that and more. According to multiple studies, the benefits of prenatal yoga include:
  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Increases strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
  • Decreases lower back pain, nausea, headaches, and shortness of breath
  • Decreases pregnancy induced high blood pressure

Overall, prenatal yoga is a fantastic option for keeping your mind and body healthy while carrying your precious cargo. Before starting a prenatal class, talk with your health care provider to make sure this is something your body can manage. Ask them if they know of any local classes or resources. A great way to contact your health care team, especially if you have a question and don’t need an appointment, is using RelayHealth,an online secure messaging system that lets you communicate with your health care team any time, any where.

When looking for a class or instructor, make sure they’ve been trained in prenatal yoga and visit the class ahead of time to decide if the movements are comfortable for you. Once you get started, pay attention to your body and start slow, you don’t want to over do it. When pregnant, your muscles can become more flexible. Prevent injury by not stretching further than you would have before becoming pregnant.​​