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Can stretching during pregnancy hurt my baby?

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During pregnancy, your body weathers many changes. Exercise is an effective way to address the changes happening in your body. A stretching workout during pregnancy will not hurt your baby, and it can be an especially good exercise choice because in addition to the physical benefits you reap, stretching relieves tension and reduces stress. Get authorization from your doctor prior to embarking on any prenatal exercise program.

Benefits

In addition to the stress and tension relief you will get from gentle yoga and stretching, there are many physical benefits. Stretching during pregnancy can help relieve pain and soreness in your back and other muscles that are bearing the weight of your new body shape and size. Regular stretching when you are pregnant will improve your flexibility and help you prepare for labor. Finally, exercising during pregnancy can prevent too much weight gain and help you more quickly return to your pre-pregnancy shape.

Cautions

Whether you choose to make an entire workout of stretching or just use it before and after your prenatal exercise, be aware of and adhere to the guidelines for exercising safely during pregnancy. Do not allow yourself to get overheated when you are exercising. Stay well-hydrated and watch your intensity level to ensure that you and your baby do not get too hot.  Move slowly through your stretches. During pregnancy the changes to your body may cause instability and awkwardness. Use props for balance to handle any clumsiness you may struggle with. And….

Come join us: Tuesday May 20th at 5:30

at Indian River Medical Center

to learn and be guided by a prenatal yoga instructor

Bring a mat or towel

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