Prenatal Yoga: A Three Part Series Begins
At the core of everything we do is our commitment and passion to help families live as healthy lives as possible. That’s why we’re excited today to welcome Nicole Witkov from Boston Babies – Your Guide to an Urban Upbringing as a guest contributor to the ViaCord Blog.
Nicole will be bringing us a three part series on prenatal yoga. As a blogger, health & wellness instructor, event planner, and mom of two little ones, Nicole knows all too well the importance of taking time to disconnect and reconnect. “Finding that space to catch your breath, regroup and reflect is an important part of everyday life and extremely beneficial both during and after pregnancy,” says Nicole. And to that we say Namaste.
Be In The Moment, Soak In The Benefits
While pregnancy is a beautiful experience and what your body can do is nothing short of amazing, the physical, mental and emotional toll placed on a woman’s body is very real. Implementing exercise into your mom-to-be life is proven to be quite helpful in alleviating some of the physical discomforts, in addition to the mental and emotional feelings of anxiety and depression that can often accompany pregnancy.
According to the Mayo Clinic, pre-natal yoga is a wonderful way to prepare for childbirth; helping moms to stretch their bodies, center their minds, and focus on their breathing. Studies have suggested that prenatal yoga aids with sleep, anxiety, and other common pregnancy symptoms. Classes can also offer a social opportunity for expecting moms to meet other moms-to-be, providing them with a kind of support group outside of their friends and family.
The American Psychological Association (APA) continually promotes the benefits of exercise during pregnancy, highlighting it as a way to help combat depression and other mental disorders. After all, it’s no secret that a woman’s hormones are in flux for nine months. While this is often a trite tease endured by expecting and new moms, such feelings of anxiety, depression and hopelessness can be quite serious – resulting in post-partum depression which affects 9-16% of post-partum women.1
With research demonstrating the physical, mental and social benefits of exercising pre and post pregnancy, I encourage moms to explore prenatal yoga as an exercise option. Anything that leaves you feeling more physically, mentally and emotionally balanced will be benefit not only you, but also those around you and especially your new baby. 2
Have questions or concerns about participating in prenatal yoga? Not to worry! In my next post I’ll be answering some frequently asked questions from moms-to-be and also provide some helpful hints on how to best alleviate any concerns about participating in prenatal yoga. Stay tuned!
About Nicole: As a busy mom raising two children in Boston, Nicole was inspired a few years ago to create a resource to help other parents with urban upbringing. Her background in education, writing and health and wellness has allowed her to pursue the things she loves, while spending her days with her little ones. Visit her blog: Boston Babies – Your Guide to an Urban Upbringing.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Consult your doctor before starting any physical fitness program. Any views or opinions presented in this blog are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of ViaCord, LLC or its parent company, PerkinElmer.
REFERENCES  Postpartum Depression https://www.apa.org/pi/women/programs/depression/postpartum.aspx#  What are the benefits of mindfulness https://www.apa.org/monitor/2012/07-08/ce-corner.aspx