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Sharwan Kumar

Pregnancy Yoga

If you're pregnant and looking for ways to relax or stay fit, you might be considering prenatal yoga. But did you know that prenatal yoga might also help you prepare for labor and promote your baby's health?

Much like other types of childbirth-preparation classes, prenatal yoga is a multifaceted approach to exercise that encourages stretching, mental centering and focused breathing. Research suggests that prenatal yoga is safe and can have many benefits for pregnant women and their babies.

Pregnancy Yoga

Yoga for pregnant women since it combines both stretching and strengthening, which can be beneficial. Studies have been conducted reveling that pregnant women who practised yoga felt stronger and had better overall health.

A key ingredient to having a healthy and happy pregnancy is doing prenatal yoga. Here are a few benefits of yoga during pregnancy:

  • It prepares your body for labor and delivery

  • It strengthens the important muscle groups to support the physical changes your body goes through

  • It helps promote the connection between you and your baby

  • It provides relief from some common pregnancy problems such as lower back pain, insomnia, shortness of breath, and nausea.

Yoga for Pregnant Women in the First Trimester

During the first trimester, you will experience fatigue because of all the physical changes your body will go through. Practising some simple yoga poses can help provide relief from fatigue.

Yoga for Pregnant Women in the Second Trimester

Nausea and fatigue levels usually drop down during your second trimester of pregnancy. This trimester is the time for you to increase your exercises and yoga to build the strength needed during the later stages of pregnancy and delivery.

Yoga for Pregnant Women in the Third Trimester

Many yoga poses for the third semester are similar to what you practice in the first and second trimesters. The only difference is these poses will be focusing more on the pelvic floor muscles.

During all three trimesters, you must take plenty of rest while also ensuring you stay healthy and active. These yoga poses for pregnant women are simple and easy to practice. You can start by doing a few sets each day, and once you get the hang of it, you can practice them regularly.

Disclaimer: It is best to discuss with your doctor before you take up Pregnancy Yoga

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Can yoga cause a miscarriage?

A. Although there is no scientific evidence stating that yoga could cause a miscarriage, you must take extra care of yourself during your pregnancy, especially while performing yoga.

Q. Which yoga poses should be avoided during pregnancy?

A. Intense abdominal yoga poses, such as the boat pose, should be avoided during pregnancy. It can put excess pressure on your abdominal and uterus.

Q. Can twist hurt the fetus in the uterus?

A. Closed twists can strain your abdominal muscles, which are already compromised due to the abdomen stretching to accommodate the growing uterus. Excessive twisting while doing yoga can limit the fetus’ space and restrict the blood flow to the uterus.

Q. Can yoga poses that require crossing legs be performed during pregnancy?

A. It is not advised to do yoga poses that require you to sit in a crossed leg position. It can cause birth complications, high blood pressure, and varicose veins.

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About the Practitioner

Sharwan Kumar did his Master's in Yoga from Annamalai University, Chidambaram, Tamil Nadu, India. An expert in Yoga for Weight Loss and Therapeutic Yoga, Sharwan  serves simultaneously at Director of Citter Health & Wellness Care Centre, Chidambaram. Continuing to follow his passion for Yoga and Yoga Therapy and it’s disciplines, He currently serves as a Yoga Therapist at the Care Centre and  as Director working to bring out nature based therapies and treatment for Health & Wellness care at the Centre.

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