Yoga enthusiasts who are planning to have a baby may wonder how they can continue to practice their mind-body exercises during their third trimester. After all, being nine months pregnant seems like it would put some limitations on the poses you can do. Well, never fear – prenatal yoga classes are here.
According to the American Pregnancy Association (APA), prenatal yoga during the third trimester is not only acceptable but suggested. The organization includes the holistic healing system in its list of the Top Recommended Exercises for mothers-to-be.
Why is yoga appropriate for expectant moms? The APA states that the regimen is composed almost entirely of low-impact exercises that improve flexibility and soothe lower back pain. By comparison, high-energy activities like running or bicycling are too intensive for pregnant mothers.
Many yoga studios specifically offer prenatal yoga classes. Likewise, plenty of DVDs and books that explain the basics of prenatal yoga in the first, second or third trimester are available.
The APA notes that, regardless of what kind of prenatal classes you try, you should avoid poses that overstretch your joints or leave you lying flat on your back for extensive periods of time.