Mother’s Day has come and gone, but I’m of the opinion that we should always celebrate moms. After all, mothers work harder than most of us—changing diapers, packing lunches, checking homework, and doing whatever else needs doing. And sometimes, if they’re lucky, moms make time to work out, giving themselves that same sort of TLC they traditionally dole out on others. What are the best ways for moms to get in shape? I’m glad you asked!
Doctors say pre-baby fitness is a good thing for mother and child. Classes like Fit4Baby and prenatal yoga are designed to increase energy during pregnancy and reduce regular maternal aches. Many women say the classes actually ease labor and the recovery process, plus they connect you with a network of expecting women just like you. Sounds perfect!
Staying fit and active during pregnancy makes all the difference in your energy, mood and outlook. But when your body is changing, your workouts need to as well. Many expecting moms turn to yoga as a way to stretch, de-stress, and maintain weight both during and after pregnancy.
Enjoy these 7 great moves that will leave you energized instead of exhausted! Modify the poses as necessary. Not all moves are suitable for everyone; always check with your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.
Peggy Hall appears weekly on the ABC Radio Network and America Now TV. A certified yoga instructor and teacher-trainer, she is the creator of the best-selling DVD series Yoga for Surfers and Baby on Board: Pre-Natal Yoga for Active-Moms-To-Be. Get Peggy’s free wellness tips, podcasts, articles and videos at her website, PeggyHall.com.
Pregnancy is one of the most magical times in a woman’s life. During these nine months, a woman takes extra care of her body. And yet, despite this added nurturing, a pregnant body is not always the most comfortable to live in. Back pain, swollen ankles, indigestion and sleeping troubles are just a few of the aches and pains that a pregnant woman will experience.
And while many of these physical changes cannot be avoided, some can, at the very least, be minimized. The ancient practice of yoga can offer many benefits to ensuring a comfortable and healthy pregnancy.
Here is what you need to know about yoga and pregnancy: