How does it work?
Post-pregnancy bodies are understandably very different from how they were 9 months prior to the birth, strength-wise. Abdominal and pelvic floor muscles are all weakened, with extra strain put on the upper body after constant nursing or awkward sleeping. Post-pregnancy yoga helps address all these issues – using gentle poses and stretches, of course.
The aim of a post-pregnancy yoga class is to help with restoring some of the muscle strength lost during pregnancy without straining and at your own pace. If a pose is a step too far, then you are encouraged to pull back and do something gentler. The yoga also helps with unwinding the mind and restoring balance to a hectic lifestyle – good news if you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed.
Is it for me?
If you’ve had a baby around six weeks ago and feel ready to try some light exercise, then yes! Even if you haven’t, there are many different types of yoga suitable for almost anyone. The great thing about yoga is that there are many different poses to suit all levels of ability or individual strengths - as you grow stronger following the birth, more challenging routines can be adopted to improve fitness even more. You’ll be practising that downward dog again in no time!
Good to know
If you’ve had a caesarean, you need to wait at least 2 months after the birth before starting to exercise again – after all, you don’t want to do yourself an injury...