6 reasons to take up yoga during pregnancy

Even a single session of prenatal yoga has been found to reduce anxiety around childbirth in low-risk mothers. Photo: Pexels

(Anjali Raj Westwood/ The Conversation) — While you may need to modify your exercise routine slightly during pregnancy, physical activity is safe, and in fact recommended, when you’re expecting a baby.

One option you might consider is prenatal yoga. Yoga is suitable even for women who don’t tend to do a lot of exercise.

Yoga is an ancient practice from India involving movement, meditation and breathing techniques to promote mental and physical wellbeing. There’s a growing body of research on the benefits of yoga during pregnancy.

Prenatal yoga is safe for mother and baby when practised under guidance from a certified instructor, and is suitable for both low- and high-risk pregnancies. Here are six reasons you should include prenatal yoga in your pregnancy routine. (…)