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The relaxation and focusing skills that are part of any yoga practice can serve you well during labor and delivery. The controlled breathing taught in yoga classes is similar to the prenatal exercise techniques taught in Lamaze and other pregnancy education classes, so if you practice yoga, you will be ahead of the game.
If you can use the muscle relaxation techniques that are part of yoga during pregnancy and focus your attention away from the discomfort of labor, you may feel less nervous and stressed during your labor and delivery. The ability to relax applies if you are having a cesarean section, too. Whether your cesarean delivery is an elective or an emergency procedure, the ability to control your breathing and focus can reduce your stress level during the surgery.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|