Pregnant Yoga

In India, where yoga emerged about 2000 years ago, traditional teachings and modern or Western approaches coexist. Yoga has been accepted as a teaching that provides physical health, psychological balance and spiritual development together for centuries, and its sphere of influence has gradually expanded. The adaptability of yoga, which is a practice-oriented philosophy, to very different cultures and countries has been proven. Yoga is a word that means to unite, to connect, and it means to bring together all the parts that make people into existence and to adapt to life in every sense. Physical exercise practices and breathing techniques that require flexibility, balance and strength, relaxation and meditation are some parts of yoga.

Today, millions of pregnant women all over the world practice yoga during their pregnancy. The importance of exercise in the pregnancy process has been understood. However, they may not have an idea about which type of exercise can be applied in which periods of pregnancy. However, yoga and meditation practices can contribute to the mother’s adaptation to the changes that occur in her body, to touch her belly during meditation, to communicate with her baby spiritually, thus to cope with the physiological and psychological stressors experienced, and to mother-infant bonding. It can be applied in all three periods of pregnancy.

In addition, the positive perspective that yoga brings to pregnant women provides emotional well-being and a general feeling of being healthy. The positive psychological effect of yoga on pregnant women also contributes to the healthy development of the baby and strengthens the communication and unity of the mother and baby.

Studies have shown that prenatal yoga program increases mother-infant bonding, strengthens the mother’s immune system and reduces stress. In addition, by observing the pregnant women who will give birth for the first time with the prenatal support program in which yoga is also applied, it has been observed that these pregnant women have better pain management during delivery, the number of normal vaginal deliveries has increased, the need for surgical intervention during vaginal delivery has decreased, and the need for urgent intervention of the baby has decreased. It has been understood that there is an improvement in back and waist pain and sleep disorders in pregnant women. When the blood pressure and heart rate of the mother and baby are examined, it has been reported that yoga is low risk in pregnant women.

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