We are now offering free weekly prenatal yoga classes every Thursday at 7 PM in the Mountain View Hospital Health and Fitness Academy. Not only does this class help keep mothers stay in shape and relax, but it also helps many women prepare for labor by exercising the muscles used during child birth. In addition, yoga generally promotes the overall health of mother and baby. For any questions or concerns, please contact our Health and Fitness Academy at (208)557-2729.
Benefits of Prenatal Yoga
Prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies. For example, studies suggest that prenatal yoga can:
Reduce stress and anxiety
Increase the strength, flexibility and endurance of muscles needed for childbirth
Decrease lower back pain, nausea, carpal tunnel syndrome, headaches and shortness of breath
Decrease the risk of preterm labor, pregnancy-induced hypertension and intrauterine growth restriction — a condition that slows a baby’s growth
Prenatal yoga can also help you meet and bond with other pregnant women and prepare for the stress of being a new parent.