Preparing for birth can be an exciting, and sometimes stressful, process. Many women enjoy the benefits of weekly prenatal yoga to help settle the nerves, build community, and find relief from the discomforts of pregnancy.
In addition, practicing yoga with a trusted birthing partner helps stimulate the release of oxytocin, a very powerful and important hormone, which is released during skin-to-skin contact and when we feel warm and safe. And it is the release of oxytocin from the pituitary gland that stimulates uterine contraction so labor can progress smoothly and naturally. Thus, the deep connection with the birthing partner and the sense of safety it facilitates are invaluable for moving through the intensity of the labor journey. It is important to note that a woman may or may not want physical touch throughout the whole birthing process, yet feeling the closeness and support of her partner sets a beautiful tone as they come closer to meeting their baby.
Prenatal Yoga as Birthing Preparation
by Zhenya Novareign