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Mental health: Pregnancy Anxiety, How Yoga Can Help

Updated: Apr 23




Pregnancy is a beautiful journey filled with anticipation and joy, but for many of us (myself included), it can also be a time of heightened anxiety.


From worries about the baby's health to concerns about the birth itself, the list of anxiety-triggering thoughts can feel endless. Add in the general uncertainty of the world, and it's no wonder that many expectant mothers find themselves struggling to cope with anxiety.


Anxiety during pregnancy can manifest in various ways, from difficulty coping with stressful situations to full-blown panic attacks. Some may become blunt or aggressive, while others may withdraw altogether. The feeling of losing control, accompanied by hyperventilation and a sense of impending doom, can be overwhelming.


So, how can yoga help ease pregnancy anxiety?


Yoga classes tailored for expectant mothers provide a space where women can relax and embrace the present moment. By focusing on the breath and gentle poses, participants can anchor themselves in the here and now, letting go of worries about the future.


One of the most powerful aspects of attending a yoga class is the commitment it entails. By booking a class, mothers-to-be dedicate a precious hour or so to their own wellbeing, free from distractions and interruptions. It's a sacred time to connect with oneself and the growing life within.


Here are some useful yoga practices for managing pregnancy anxiety:

  1. Meditation: Guided meditations can help calm the mind and promote a sense of inner peace. Start with 3-5 minutes and try to turn it into a routine.

  2. Breathwork: Gentle breathing exercises can regulate emotions and reduce stress. However, it's essential to avoid activating breathwork, such as kapalabhati, which is not recommended during pregnancy.

  3. Gentle Flow: Engaging in a gentle flow of yoga poses can activate endorphins, the body's natural mood boosters and move anxiety through your body.

  4. Birth Preparation: Learning specific meditations and breathwork techniques for birth can empower expectant mothers and alleviate fears surrounding labor.

  5. Community Connection: Building connections with other students in the class can provide much-needed support and camaraderie during this transformative time.

It's important to note that if anxiety becomes overwhelming, seeking additional support is crucial. Suggestions may include contacting a midwife or GP to access free support services through the NHS/Heath provider. While waiting lists may be long, seeking help sooner rather than later is better to ensure proper care and support.


In conclusion, pregnancy anxiety is a common experience, but it doesn't have to overshadow this precious time. Through the practice of yoga, expectant mothers can find moments of peace and serenity amidst the chaos, empowering themselves to embrace the journey. whatever it might turn out to be.



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