By learning to focus on your breathing (try slow, deep breaths in and out of the nose), you’ll be better equipped to manage shortness of breath during pregnancy. These simple exercises will also come in handy during labor when you’re working through contractions.
Stretch it out
In class, you’ll practice posture and move different areas of your body (think arms, neck, back) through their full range of motion. Doing this builds up the strength, flexibility and endurance of these muscles—many of which you’ll rely on during delivery. Until then, you’ll be lessening pregnancy discomforts, like nausea, headaches and lower back pain.
When your yoga session comes to a close, a cool-down helps you return to your resting heart rate. You’ll pay attention to your breathing, tune out distractions and reach a sense of inner calmness. These moments will equip you to push pause and reduce anxiety in your daily life, which could explain why prenatal yoga also leads to better sleep.