Yoga Poses for Every Stage of Pregnancy

I ventured to my first prenatal yoga class six years ago. I had been attending my regular yoga class up to that point, but at five months pregnant with twins and at the urging of a friend, I decided to give prenatal a try.

It was the best decision ever.

The moves we performed during classes increased the flexibility in my hips and helped immensely to ease the discomfort I felt in my back from my ever-growing belly. Yoga had always been more of a physical practice for me, but with prenatal yoga, it shifted to more of an internal one. I was forming a connection with my growing babies.

The teacher gave us visual cues to envision the lives inside of us. I vividly remember doing breathing exercises at the end of class, with each of my hands placed on my belly, and each of my kids kicking and rolling underneath it. We were bonding.

Each trimester in pregnancy is special, and there are yoga poses that are beneficial for each stage. Yoga is generally safe for everyone, but make sure to consult your physician before you begin an exercise program.

And as always, listen to your body. If you do not feel like exercising, it's always OK to rest.

About the Author

Angela Bekkala

Angela Bekkala is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. With a background in exercise science and over 15 years of experience in the industry, she is well versed in movement. She is the author behind the popular healthy living blog, Happy Fit Mama, that focuses on running, yoga, fitness and sharing nutritious recipes for the whole family.

Angela Bekkala is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. With a background in exercise science and over 15 years of experience in the industry, she is well versed in movement. She is the author behind the popular healthy living blog, Happy Fit Mama, that focuses on running, yoga, fitness and sharing nutritious recipes for the whole family.

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