The CSEP recently released their 2019 Canadian Guideline for Physical Activity throughout Pregnancy. It states that pregnant persons should aim to have 150 minutes of moderate-intensity physically activity each week over a minimum of three days per week.
Evidence shows that exercising during pregnancy is beneficial for mother and child:
- Fewer newborn complications
- Maternal health benefits including:
- Deceased risk of preeclampsia
- Decreased risk of gestational hypertension
- Decreased risk of gestation diabetes
- Decreased risk of caesarean delivery
- Decreased risk of instrumental delivery (forceps, vacuum)
- Decreased risk of depression
Physical activity is not associated with miscarriage, stillbirth, neonatal death, preterm birth, preterm/prelabour rupture of membranes, neonatal hypoglycaemia, low birth weight, birth defects, induction of labour, or birth complications.
Being physically active during pregnancy is associated with greater benefits and is now being recognized and used as a front-line therapy for reducing the risk of pregnancy complications.
Prenatal yoga is a wonderful way to get in physically activity and prepare the mind and body for labour and childbirth. CSEP recommends prenatal yoga to be beneficial to pregnant persons.
Padma Yogi offers three drop in prenatal yoga classes each week. Each class is 75 minutes and includes a variety of yoga poses, core strengthen exercises and restorative postures.
Our classes are taught by Melissa, a registered prenatal yoga instructor, certified birth and postpartum doula and childbirth educator. The teacher includes tips and tricks to support your pregnancy, childbirth and labour.