Prenatal Yoga

(June 30, 2010)

When to start prenatal yoga?

Pregnancy is probably one of the most important aspects of a woman’s life. A woman’s body undergoes several changes throughout the nine months of pregnancy. Even though the physical changes in a woman may not be very prominent during the first three months of pregnancy, this stage brings about some major changes within her body. Women also go through several problems during the first trimester like nausea, morning sickness, backaches, insomnia, constipation, swellings or dizziness. That is probably why many women are interested in the practice of Yoga, in order to become more aware of their bodies and improve their overall health. Moreover, Yoga is also known to help the mind become clear and calm, which can increase one’s feeling of vitality and wellbeing. However, since all health experts advise pregnant women to take it easy during the initial stages of pregnancy, most women have one question that is foremost in their minds, which is – “When to start prenatal yoga?”
When to start prenatal yoga?
There are several Yoga experts who suggest that the earlier you start Yoga practice, the better. Even though Yoga is not a form of aerobics, it can strengthen and tone up many areas of your body in a safe manner. Prenatal Yoga usually includes techniques and poses that improve breathing, posture, stability, flexibility, inner focus, pelvic floor strength and relaxation. The right time to start prenatal Yoga is when you feel absolutely ready. This could be as early as the first trimester or even as late as the seventh month. However, before starting prenatal Yoga or any other exercise routine, it is very important for you to check with your doctor. Women, who have already been practicing Yoga since before they got pregnant, may be able to practice the prenatal Yoga exercises at home. However, in case you are practicing Yoga for the first time, you should never attempt it, without the supervision of a qualified and a skilled teacher.

Although Yoga is relatively safe for most pregnant women, a doctor may advise you against practicing it in case of any complications. Even if you do receive a go ahead from your doctor, please ensure that you keep your Yoga instructor informed about your condition and any medical problem that you may have. Make sure that you are dressed in loose and comfortable clothing during Yoga practice and strictly avoid any exercises or poses that need you to apply pressure on your abdomen.

Submitted by A on June 30, 2010 at 08:58

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