Yoga poses for pregnancy may promote natural birth
Many mothers-to-be begin eating healthier and practicing breathing techniques in order to prepare for the delivery of their babies. However, some women have found that promoting a smooth, natural childbirth is a yoga health benefit, so they incorporate these workouts into their prenatal routines.
A recent article published by the Deccan Herald reported that yoga breathing techniques and deep relaxation may help women cope with the pain associated with delivery.
The news provider highlighted several poses that may be particularly beneficial for expectant mothers.
One of these is sidhhansana, in which yoga practitioners sit with one heel brought toward the groin area and the other ankle placed over the first. The toes and heel of the second foot should be resting in the crevace between the thigh and calf of the first leg beneath it.
The tree pose, or vrikshasana, involves crossing the right leg so that the right foot is placed against the left quadriceps. Elevating joined hands from the chest to above the head may help women focus their attention away from pain.
The American Pregnancy Association reports that there are more than 4 million live births each year in the U.S.