Exercise of the week: Yoga

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Try out this relaxing form of ancient exercise

pregnant woman doing yoga

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The disciplines practised in yoga are excellent ways to prepare you for labour and the birth of your baby. Yoga can also help improve circulation and muscle tone.

Have a look online antenatal yoga classes in your local area, or research some poses and stretches and give it a go at home.

A typical yoga class will include:

- physical exercises or postures
- breathing exercises
- relaxation
- meditation

There are now forms of yoga to suit any age, body shape, and fitness level. As it is such a gentle and relaxing way to exercise, it is safe for pregnant women and can be an ideal way to stay fit.

Most yoga classes begin with a warm-up session to stretch your spine, arms and legs. After that, postures will help to boost your strength and endurance.

Classes usually end with a relaxation or guided meditation session to help you wind down and feel refreshed.

Make sure you wear loose clothes and drink plenty of water whilst exercising. Some yoga classes can last for over an hour so have something light to eat beforehand and stop if you start to feel tired.

For more information on pregnancy health and advice go to www.nhs.uk/Start4Life
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