Prenatal Yoga helps a woman become accustomed to the natural instinctive yoga-like positions that most women prefer to use during labor, and birth. Prenatal yoga also provides an opportunity to explore ones response to pain, and develop relaxation, and coping strategies for labor when the pain contractions will exceed ones usual threshold.
Because of the physiological changes involving the flexibility, and suppleness of joints, and ligaments during, and after pregnancy, it is important that Yoga practiced pre, and post natal, should always be done with care. Always notify your instructor of your current condition, and listen to your body.
If you already have a regular yoga practice you may be able to continue with your normal practice, with a few variations of the postures, as the baby grows in the womb. Listen to your own body. Some mothers continue their normal practice, and have no problems with back bends, handstands, shoulder stands, and headstands, while others find they need to stop these more advanced postures, and practice more passive, restorative postures.