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home>>family>>exercise during & after pregnancy>>Yoga for Your Third Trimester

Yoga for Your Third Trimester

by: Robyn Rae

Chances are that if you are in your third trimester, you are also on maternity leave. This is perfect, since now you will have time to get started with some prenatal yoga. By simply doing gentle stretches and poses, your body and your baby will reap benefits. Always be sure to let your doctor know beforehand that you are interested in starting a prenatal yoga program or if you have any health concerns. Also, if you are taking a yoga class, be sure to inform your instructor that you are pregnant so that he/she can adjust the poses accordingly.

Yoga is all about forming a mind-body connection, so be sure to listen to your body. If something feels uncomfortable or hurts, stop doing it! Also try to focus on your breathing while practicing your yoga, as this will come in handy during labor.

Some third trimester approved poses include Pigeon, Warrior II, Triangle and Knee to Ankle. These are good for loosening up your hips. By practicing all four of the Cat and Cow positions, you are also helping to position your baby properly for birth.

Keep in mind that certain poses that were okay during your second trimester must be done with more caution. You should avoid jumping, belling twists, deep back bends and any abdomen stretches. Also steer clear of any poses that require you to lie on your belly.

While the physical aspects of yoga are great for your pregnant body, it is also beneficial to learn to control your breathing. This will help with your breathing exercises when you go into labor. Try slow, long inhales through your nose and then slowly exhale through your mouth. This is a great way to increase the oxygen flow to your body, as well as reduce stress and anxiety. Another wonderful thing about doing prenatal yoga is that it will make loosing your baby weight easier.

It doesn't matter if you are in the early stages of pregnancy or at the very end, yoga is a great tool for preparing your body and mind for the realm of motherhood.

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About The Author
Robyn Rae is an author for All Maternity Clothes and writes about pregnancy issues. Yoga, as a form of exercise, has many benefits that Robyn Rae writes about.
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