Now that you are pregnant, you’ll be looking at your body with fresh eyes, marveling at all the strange and wonderful things going on inside and out. Seeing yourself transform physically gives you a good idea of just how much work your body has to do during pregnancy and childbirth. Yoga, quite simply, means ‘connection’, so take this opportunity to be with yourself and your baby.
As your baby develops, your body will grow and stretch, while also coping with an extra weight load. Then comes labour, which is a bit like running a marathon, with a particularly demanding final stage! So it’s no surprise that stamina, strength, flexibility and mental wellbeing are hugely important for getting both you and your baby through this journey in good shape.
Huggies’ pregnancy yoga program is a wonderful way to help your body cope with the demands of pregnancy, and to prepare for your labour and delivery. Because yoga is a holistic exercise – meaning it tackles mind and body – this program will reduce anxiety and stress while simultaneously toning and strengthening your body.
Presented by renowned yoga teacher Katie Brown, of Sydney’s Katie Brown Yoga, the program is designed for you to do at home, in your own time. So if your schedule or budget doesn’t stretch to prenatal yoga classes, or you live in The Outback or on an island in Torres Strait, you can now enjoy all the benefits of pregnancy yoga.
Pregnancy yoga works wonders for your mind & body
Prenatal yoga offers you a wealth of benefits, both physical and mental. Unlike other forms of exercise, it is gentle on the body, and boosts energy rather than draining it.
Originating in India, Yoga’s roots can be traced back at least five thousand years. It consists of different poses called “asanas”, that are held steady for up to several seconds, while controlling the breathing. The breathing techniques are called “pranayamas”. Each pose or “asana” targets different areas of the body.
Yoga’s poses and breathing techniques are tried, tested and proven by countless pregnant women to deliver excellent results.
- Teaches body and breath awareness
- Boosts confidence in the body’s ability to do its job during pregnancy and labour
- Helps minimise the discomforts of pregnancy, as the stretching exercises relieve those nagging aches and pains
- Improves posture, which can help ease the back problems common to pregnancy
- Boosts circulation and helps reduce fluid retention
- Can help lower blood pressure
- Improves digestion and helps expel toxins from your body
- Relaxes and calms so you sleep better
- Improves flexibility, enabling you to use various positions in labour to ease pain and facilitate delivery
- Makes ligaments more elastic which can help reduce labour pain
- The controlled breathing techniques combined with the exercises relieve worry and stress, helping mothers-to-be to keep calm and focused during stressful times including labour
- Tones and strengthens muscles, including the pelvic floor, which plays an important role in pushing out the baby
- Helps protect your body from possible damage during pregnancy and birth
- May also reduce the chances of developing stretch marks
- Yoga will also help you get your pre-pregnancy shape back faster!
What does the Huggies pregnancy yoga program involve?
This prenatal program features easy to follow, step-by-step instructional videos covering:
- Yoga moves and routines for pregnant women
- Baby bonding exercises to help you connect with your unborn child
- Breathing techniques
- Birthing positions
- Relaxations & Visualisations
- Labour massage strokes (invite your partner to do this lesson with you)
Six weeks after the birth of your baby, with your health practitioner’s approval, you can start Huggies® postnatal yoga program. This program will help you to recover your pelvic floor strength, boost energy levels, and get back your pre-pregnancy shape.
Easy does it
As with any form of exercise, you’re advised to first check with your doctor or midwife. If a position feels uncomfortable, leave that one out. You should also be care not to overstretch as the ligaments around joints become loose and soft during pregnancy.
Start your pregnancy yoga program today
If you’ve never done yoga, now is a great time to get into it. If you’ve done yoga before, you’ll find these routines a little gentler than what you’re probably used to.
It’s okay to begin at any time during your pregnancy – although the earlier you start, the sooner you’ll enjoy all the benefits of the exercises and relaxation techniques.
It’s a good idea to first watch Katie’s introduction video, to get a feel for what you’re in for and to familiarise yourself with the tone and pace of the lessons.