Updated: Mar 23, 2021
Yoga has so many benefits during pregnancy. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for those who are pregnant as well as their babies. Among one of the many benefits, prenatal yoga can help prepare you to deliver your baby with breath control and strength.
Yoga poses may also help optimize the baby's position for birth, by allowing the pelvic bones and ligaments to open and move apart from each other. This allows the baby's head to find more room to at the bottom of the uterus as birth approaches. Some yoga poses, like pelvic tilts, might even encourage a breech or posterior birth baby to turn into the head-down position that many hospitals require for a vaginal birth.
In addition to doing yoga during your pregnancy, practicing breathwork is also an important tool to use for discomfort and labor. As the uterus expands, the diaphragm is pushed upwards, and this can place strain on the lungs.