Yoga in pregnancy

(June 13, 2008)

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Yoga in pregnancy 

Yoga does wonders for pregnancy. It not only helps a woman to have a natural child birth and a smooth pregnancy but also helps in the physical and mental development of the fetus. Benefits of yoga in pregnancy –

  • Relieves edema and cramping which are quite common in the last trimester.
  • It has a great deal of influence on the position of the baby. It helps to strengthen and massage the abdomen muscles which help to increase appetite and stimulate bowel action.
  • Raises energy level and helps restoring the metabolism.
  • Yoga in combination with pranayama and meditation helps relieving morning sickness, nausea, and mood swings.
  • Decreases tension around cervix and birth canal and opens the pelvis to make child birth quicker and easier.
  • It also helps to restore the uterus, abdomen and pelvic floor after childbirth and also relieves the upper back tension and breast discomfort.

Yoga asana or poses shall be different for different trimesters so if you are in your first trimester choose half butterfly or ardha titli asan, full butterfly or purna titli asana, supta udarakarshanasan or sleeping abdominal stretch pose, chakki chalan asana or churning the mill pose, kashta takshan asana or chopping wood pose, kati chakrasana or  waist rotating  pose, tadasana or palm tree pose, marjari asana or cat stretch pose, utthanasana or squat and rise pose, kandharasan or shoulder pose. In the second trimester choose the following pose – vajrasana or thunderbolt pose, bhadrasana or gracious pose, matsya kridasana or flapping fish pose, hasta utthanasana or hand raising pose, marjari asana or cat stretch pose, tadasana, kati chakrasana, utthanasana and meru akarshanasana or spinal bending pose. In the last trimester choose full and half butterfly or ardha titli asana and purna titli asana, ankle crank, shoulder rotation and supta udarakarshanasan or sleeping abdominal stretch pose.  

Submitted by S M on June 13, 2008 at 08:02

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