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Now that you are pregnant, you’ll be looking at your body with fresh eyes, marveling at all the strange and wonderful things going on inside and out. Seeing yourself transform physically gives you a good idea of just how much work your body has to do during pregnancy and childbirth. Yoga, quite simply, means ‘connection’, so take this opportunity to be with yourself and your baby.
As your baby develops, your body will grow and stretch, while also coping with an extra weight load. Then comes labour, which is a bit like running a marathon, with a particularly demanding final stage! So it’s no surprise that stamina, strength, flexibility and mental wellbeing are hugely important for getting both you and your baby through this journey in good shape.
Huggies’ pregnancy yoga program is a wonderful way to help your body cope with the demands of pregnancy, and to prepare for your labour and delivery. Because yoga is a holistic exercise – meaning it tackles mind and body – this program will reduce anxiety and stress while simultaneously toning and strengthening your body.
Presented by renowned yoga teacher Katie Brown, of Sydney’s Yoga Babes, the program is designed for you to do at home, in your own time. So if your schedule or budget doesn’t stretch to prenatal yoga classes, or you live in The Outback or on an island in Torres Strait, you can now enjoy all the benefits of pregnancy yoga.
Prenatal yoga offers you a wealth of benefits, both physical and mental. Unlike other forms of exercise, it is gentle on the body, and boosts energy rather than draining it.
Originating in India, Yoga’s roots can be traced back at least five thousand years. It consists of different poses called “asanas”, that are held steady for up to several seconds, while controlling the breathing. The breathing techniques are called “pranayamas”. Each pose or “asana” targets different areas of the body.
Yoga’s poses and breathing techniques are tried, tested and proven by countless pregnant women to deliver excellent results.
This prenatal program features easy to follow, step-by-step instructional videos covering:
Six weeks after the birth of your baby, with your health practitioner’s approval, you can start Huggies® postnatal yoga program. This program will help you to recover your pelvic floor strength, boost energy levels, and get back your pre-pregnancy shape.
As with any form of exercise, you’re advised to first check with your doctor or midwife. If a position feels uncomfortable, leave that one out. You should also be care not to overstretch as the ligaments around joints become loose and soft during pregnancy.
If you’ve never done yoga, now is a great time to get into it. If you’ve done yoga before, you’ll find these routines a little gentler than what you’re probably used to.
It’s okay to begin at any time during your pregnancy – although the earlier you start, the sooner you’ll enjoy all the benefits of the exercises and relaxation techniques.
It’s a good idea to first watch Katie’s introduction video, then watch the first few videos to get a feel for what you’re in for and to familiarise yourself with the tone and pace of the lessons.
You can watch the videos on your computer or download them to a DVD so you can play them on your DVD player and see them on the bigger TV screen. Pick a time of day or night when you won’t be disturbed. It’s a good idea of turn off your mobile phone and stereo so you can focus on your poses and breathing without distractions. (Although once you’re familiar with the routines it’s nice to have soft music playing in the background.) You may like to draw the curtains or blinds and light your yoga space with just a lamp or scented candles.
To learn more about Katie Brown and her approach to pregnancy yoga, watch her introduction video.
Like many pregnant women, especially in the second and third trimester, you may find that you have light bladder leakage during exercise. This is true with yoga, even though it’s not strenuous. Please don’t worry about this. It’s common and can be easily managed with discreet Poise products, which are very similar to panty liners. they’re super-absorbent and barely discernible even under skin-hugging leggings.