Suvi Mahonen discovers the many benefits of practicing yoga during pregnancy

Like many childless women in their late thirties, I had achieved the illusion of having control over my life – from what I ate, to my social activities and daily work.

Family planning was no exception. I knew when I was going to have a baby, how I was going to have my baby, and before I’d even bought my first jar of prenatal vitamins, I had my pregnancy path all mapped out. I was going to be one of those wonder-pregnancy-women who only ate organic, went for daily swims and long walks on the beach, and who experienced regular surges of creative inspiration thanks to the life-giving hormones flowing through my veins.

And then I fell pregnant. Almost instantly my plans fell to pieces. My energy levels plunged while my pregnancy hormones soared, and I was vomiting all the time.