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10 Great Yoga Poses For Pregnancy

Written by Sara Langer

Photography by Illustrations by Alessandra Olanow

Staying active during pregnancy has a lot of great benefits for both mom and baby. Maintaining an exercise regimen will help you carry all of that extra weight and prepare you for the birth of your babe (which in itself could easily be compared to running a marathon)! Other perks of fitness while preggers include increased circulation, boosts in energy levels, uplifting one’s mood, improved sleep, and help fending off pregnancy-related illnesses such as gestational diabetes and preeclampsia, not to mention it will aid you in getting back in shape after the baby arrives. That doesn’t mean it’s time to start taking bootcamp three times a week, though—low-impact exercise is a good place to start.

One such option—yoga—is perfect for any expectant mom, whether she practiced before pregnancy or not. If you’re a hardcore yogini, there is no reason to stop attending your regular classes, being aware of modifications and contraindications of pregnancy. However, if you’re new to yoga, don’t have a regular practice, or want to focus on poses specific to pregnancy, prenatal yoga is where it’s at! This practice can help prepare the body for birth by toning specific muscles, while opening the hips and pelvis, plus many midwives believe there are certain poses that will help get your baby in the optimal position for delivery. Focusing on breath and meditation are other great benefits to the practice that you can use throughout your pregnancy, birth, and beyond. To get you started, we’ve detailed 10 yoga poses for pregnancy that we suggest adding to your exercise routine, stat!

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