Pregnant? Namaste.

Pregnant women do yogaAs wondrous and exciting as pregnancy can be, for many women being pregnant also has its drawbacks—including stress and difficulty sleeping. New research, recently published in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research, suggests that practicing yoga during the third trimester improves sleep at night, and decreases α-amylase levels, indicating reduced stress.

“Yoga involves holding poses and repeating slow, long, deep breaths; maternity yoga encourages the participant to relax and become aware of both herself and the fetus, and it supports the initiation of the parasympathetic nervous activity,” the authors wrote.