Postpartum Yoga

After having a baby, your body needs time to heal and rest — and so does your mind. Postpartum yoga, also referred to as postnatal yoga, can help with both. This form of yoga focuses on recovery and restoration and can alleviate stress and depression after giving birth. 

You can start practicing yoga a few days to a few weeks after childbirth, depending on how your delivery went.   

Postpartum yoga is a modified, low-intensity yoga practice. A lot of changes happen to your body after childbirth. This type of yoga is designed to help your body recover. Postpartum yoga offers the most benefits during the first three months after childbirth.

For example, postpartum yoga has been shown to decrease the risk of postpartum depression. Yoga can help balance your energy, lower blood pressure, and reduce stress and anxiety. 

Postpartum yoga may also offer the following benefits:

  • Increased calmness

  • Decreased anxiety and depression

  • Reduced irritability and anger

  • Increased energy

  • Lower blood pressure

  • Reduced muscle tension

  • Relaxation through meditation