I’m officially off work and now is the time for some relaxation for both me and this baby to be! The more I think about it, the third trimester is really the last time it’ll be all about you, so take the time to relax and rest and stretch and prepare your body for childbirth and childcare by giving yourself some self care.
Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.
The Mayo Clinic research suggests that prenatal yoga can:
- Improve sleep
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
- Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms, headaches and shortness of breath
- Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.
- The Breath
- The Pelvic Floor
- The Posture
- The Feet
- The Hips
There are so many great yoga centres in Toronto, I suggest you find one that is close in proximity to where you live. I chose a Yoga Space studio that I could walk to so I get a little bit of exercise before the class. Coming into the summer many studios have specials, so look for promotions. I got an unlimited 30 day pass for $49 and plan on going at least twice a week plus postnatal classes and baby and me classes once the little one is born.