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Now that you’re pregnant, you’ll be looking at your body with fresh eyes, marvelling at all the strange and wonderful things going on inside and out.

As your baby develops, your body will need to grow and stretch. At the end of it all you also have labour to get through. Dedicating time and commitment to strengthening your body during your pregnancy is important. And will really help during your labour and childbirth.

Yoga is a great exercise for pregnant women. Yoga will not only help to tone and strengthen your body and muscles, it also helps to quiet and calm your mind. Stamina, strength, flexibility and mental wellbeing are all hugely important for getting both you and your baby through your pregnancy and birth. And also the recovery time afterwards.

You may find it difficult to get to a pregnancy yoga class. For many busy, pregnant women this can be difficult, especially if there isn’t a studio close by. Huggies has developed an online hub of pregnancy yoga videos and instructions to help you reap the benefits from the comfort of your own home.

Pregnancy yoga online with Huggies

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 works your mind and your body, this program will also help to reduce anxiety and stress while simultaneously toning and strengthening your body. It will also help you to build an emotional connection with your baby. And to become more mindful and in tune with your body’s changes.

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 paid pregnancy yoga classes, or you live in a remote area, you can now enjoy all the benefits of pregnancy yoga.

What does our program involve?

This online pregnancy yoga 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
  • Relaxation and visualisation techniques
  • Labour massage strokes (invite your partner to do this lesson with you)

Six weeks after the birth of your baby, with your doctor or midwife’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, check with your doctor or midwife whether it is safe for you to participate. If a position feels uncomfortable, leave that one out. Make sure to take it easy whenever you exercise. During pregnancy, the ligaments around your joints will loosen and become soft. So you need to be careful not to overstretch.

Start your pregnancy yoga online today

If you’ve never done yoga, now is a great time to start. If you’ve done yoga before, you’ll probably find these routines a little gentler than what you’re already used to.

It’s okay to begin at any time during your pregnancy. As a general rule the earlier in pregnancy that yoga starts, the sooner the benefits become obvious.

It’s a good idea to first watch Katie’s introduction video , then watch the first few videos to get a feel for what you’re in for and to familiarise yourself with the tone and pace of the lessons. Make a time when you’re not rushed and you’ve got the chance to take it all in. Being distracted is not a great start when it comes to starting a yoga program.

Get ready for your first pregnancy yoga lesson

You can watch the videos on your computer or download them to a DVD. If you download them to a DVD you can play them through your DVD player and watch them on your TV screen.

When scheduling in your yoga lessons, pick a time of day or night when you won’t be disturbed. It’s a good idea to turn off your mobile phone and stereo so you can focus on your poses and breathing without distractions.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Wear comfortable stretchy clothing such as track pants or leggings and a t-shirt or exercise top
  • A mat or rug
  • Two cushions or pillows
  • A strap or tie
  • A blanket

Little accidents happen

Like many pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimester, you may find that you have light bladder leakage during exercise. This is true with yoga, even though it’s not strenuous. Please don’t worry about this. It’s common and can be easily managed with discreet Poise products, which are very similar to panty liners. If however, you find urine leakage is becoming a problem, speak with your maternity care provider. You may need to see a physiotherapist with specialised skills in pregnancy support.

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