Yoga, as a form of exercise, has positive effects during pregnancy, as it has been acknowledged by western medicine.
It helps pregnant women release anxiety and fear; they learn to love their body while connecting with it and with the new life inside them. It also helps in calming the mind, relieves muscle tension, and increases oxygen flow for the mother and fetus. What’s more, it helps alleviate pregnancy related annoyances such as cramps, foot swelling, back pain and insomnia.
Finally, it’s good for the endocrine and the nervous system, it raises self-esteem and self-appreciation, while it psychologically empowers the future mother in order for her to deal with changes in her body and her emotions, as well as with the labor process, a time when she should trust her instinct.