During pregnancy, mothers-to-be can experience all sorts of aches and pains that they've never felt before. However, rather than grinning and bearing the discomfort, expectant moms can turn to prenatal yoga poses for a little relief.
During the second and third trimesters, pregnancy-related pain typically begins to ramp up. The American Pregnancy Association (APA) states that some of the most common aches that expectant mothers feel occur in the back, sciatic nerve and round ligaments.
Back pain is already quite common among U.S. adults. The National Institutes of Health estimates that eight in 10 Americans suffer from backaches in their lifetime. During pregnancy, though, a woman's shifting center of gravity puts more strain on her lower back.
Likewise, the weight of a baby can press on the sciatic nerve, causing intense aches in the pelvis, legs and sacrum.
The APA adds that perhaps the most common form of pregnancy-related aches is round ligament pain, which is the discomfort a woman feels as her joints begin to soften and loosen in preparation for birth.
Fortunately, prenatal yoga classes can help mothers-to-be relax and stretch away some of the aches, no matter what trimester they're in.