Postnatal yoga (also known as postpartum yoga) is a highly-recommended exercise by doctors to new mothers. With numerous benefits, postnatal yoga is a popular choice because it replenishes your body and it is safe to practice.
What you should know before you try postnatal yoga?
Before you book your first post-natal yoga class with us, it is advisable for you to get approval from your doctor first. Whether you had a natural birth or a c-section, it’s best to wait for the doctor’s approval before trying anything strenuous or physical. It’s important to check for any diastasis recti (abdominal separation). If left unchecked, you might be facing some serious problems in the future.
For natural births, you may start practising post-natal yoga after 6 to 8 weeks. For a c-section, it is recommended that you start after the 8 weeks mark.
Although you are eager to get back into yoga after a long break, remember to follow your own pace! Don’t be too hard on yourself when you find your body getting tired way faster than before! You know your body best, so if anything feels off, slow down a little or even stop. It’s completely okay. Remember that your body is still healing!
What are some benefits of doing postnatal yoga?
Postnatal yoga has a lot of benefits, some of which include strengthening your pelvic floor muscles, restoring your hormonal balance and building up spinal strength and realignment.
- Manage stress levels
Motherhood isn’t easy, especially if you’re experiencing it for the first time. When exposed to challenges and tribulations, you’ll be prone to stress and anxiety. A study conducted showed that doing postnatal yoga helped reduce stress levels in mothers. With postnatal yoga, you’ll be taking in long, deep breaths that will calm you down and clear your mind. This also helps you avoid Postpartum Depression.
- Strengthen your pelvic floor muscles
It is only natural for your pelvic floor muscles to weaken after labour, especially from all that pushing! Postnatal yoga has poses that will help you build up strength in your weakened pelvic floor muscles. This will help you avoid urine leakage when you sneeze or laugh.
- Realign your spine
After 9 months of carrying a baby in your stomach, it’s only natural for your spine to shift to accommodate your child. Through light and gentle poses, postnatal yoga will help you fix your posture and alleviate that dull pain you feel in your back and shoulders.