On mumsnet recently, a pregnant lady was asking about what to expect from a pregnancy yoga class. The post got me thinking about why women choose to do yoga when they’re pregnant and how they benefit from attending a weekly class. So, I decided to ask my students about why they signed up and how the experience affected their pregnancy. The three questions I asked and a summary of their answers are listed below.
1. Why did you decide to do pregnancy yoga?
Some students had practiced yoga before they became pregnant but felt they couldn’t keep up their usual yoga class.
Many of the students hadn’t done yoga before but wanted a gentle exercise class to help with
pregnancy ailments like backache, pelvic pain, heartburn, insomnia, swollen feet, stress…
2. What did you like most about the class?
Several people commented on how easy the exercises were to repeat at home to relieve pregnancy aches and pains.
Apart from being a good place to stretch and relax, the classes proved to be a place to make friends with local mums-to-be. And these friendships proved to be enduring after the birth of children.
Some people even enjoyed the pelvic floor exercises.
3. Did you experience any specific benefits after attending pregnancy yoga classes?
Symptoms listed which were alleviated by pregnancy yoga included heartburn, back pain, pelvic pain and help with posture and general well-being.
The breathing exercises were cited as useful for dealing with
stress during pregnancy and helpful
Here are some of my favourite quotes from the survey:
‘Your class boosted my confidence’
‘The class really helped my backache.’
‘I made friends with local women who have babies of the same age.’
‘I will do pregnancy yoga if I become pregnant again, for sure.’
I hope this post has been a useful insight into the myriad benefits of attending a pregnancy yoga class and thanks to all my students for participating.
Photo by Mahalie Stackpole