At Austin Area Birthing Center, we pride ourselves on supporting you during your pregnancy and after, our classes are an important part of your experience with Austin ABC. Some of our most popular classes are the prenatal yoga and postnatal yoga classes.
These are all included with your birthing fee and you’re welcome to attend as many of these classes as you like!
It’s often easier to find time for prenatal yoga, but once your baby comes along, your life will get more hectic. It’s important in the weeks and months after your baby is born that you take time for self-care and postnatal yoga is a great way to revitalize yourself.
Physical Benefits of Postnatal Yoga
After birth, you must know that your body has gone through a significant experience and needs time to heal. Postnatal yoga isn’t something you want to begin immediately after birth, but only after your Midwife has advised you that you can safely begin to exercise.
Some of the physical benefits of postnatal yoga include:
- Decrease in soreness after a birth and faster recovery of your muscle strength
- Develops abdominal and back muscles to make you strong and able to lift your growing baby
- Helps spinal integrity while your ligaments are looser from your pregnancy
- Helps deal with back and shoulder pain that can result from breastfeeding
Mental Benefits of Postnatal Yoga
Child birth is not only a significant physical event, but an emotional one as well. It’s important after labor and delivery that you take care of your body and your mind. Postnatal yoga can help balance you mentally as well as physically.
Here are some of the mental benefits of postnatal yoga:
- Offers calm and a sense of well-being
- Helps to stabilize emotional health
- May help prevent or diminish postpartum depression symptoms
- Decreases stress by having some much-needed “me time”
- Rejuvenates your mind and gives you more energy
Cautions with Postnatal Yoga
As with any exercise program, you should consult with one of the Midwives before beginning a regimen and this is especially true after labor and delivery.
Here are some precautions to consider:
- Ensure it’s medically safe for you to resume exercise
- Don’t push yourself too hard – listen to your body and respect its limits
- If any position is uncomfortable, don’t push yourself to try it
- Avoid forward bending exercises when you first begin postnatal yoga
- Start with beginner poses and build from there
Remember that it took 40 weeks to form your baby and significant changes occurred to your body during this time. You shouldn’t expect your body to snap back in just a few weeks or even a few months. It will take time and that’s completely normal. In addition to postnatal yoga, taking regular walks is beneficial, as is eating healthy and staying hydrated, particularly if you’re nursing.
Please bring a yoga mat, towel and water.
To find out more about the classes at Austin ABC including prenatal and postnatal yoga and our holistic birthing experience, call us at 512-346-3224 for our AABC North location, 512-243-8066 for our AABC South location, 512-900-3832 for our AABC Williamson County location. For a complete class schedule, check out our Calendar of Events for all locations and times.