Yoga Poses To Avoid During Pregnancy

Yoga Poses To Avoid During Pregnancy

Yoga is great for the body, mind and soul. As a pregnant woman you have to understand the different stages of pregnancy. This is important for you to understand your body and be aware of the changes it is going through.

There are many simple yoga poses that can be practiced during pregnancy. However, there are certain poses that have to be avoided during pregnancy. If you were a yoga practitioner even before pregnancy, you can continue to perform some of the poses. But if you are new to yoga, you have to restrict yourself to just some simple poses.

Some important tips to follow:

–          Inform your yoga instructor that you are pregnant. This will help them in understanding what poses are good for you and what poses should be avoided.

–          Seek the advice of a medical practitioner.

–          Ensure that you practice yoga in a room with good air circulation.

–          If you are practicing prenatal yoga on your own, get as much information as possible before starting to do so.

First of all avoid bikram or hot yoga and ashtanga or power yoga during pregnancy. This is because bikram yoga is performed in a room with higher temperatures and this may make you feel claustrophobic, sick and nauseous. Ashtanga yoga on the other hand involves a lot of vigorous moves which may not be good for your developing foetus.

During your first trimester, avoid deep movements, twisting poses, jumping or hopping, inverted poses or back bends. Also avoid poses that require you to lie on your belly and back and those that require you work on your abs. This is because during this trimester, your body releases a hormone called relaxin which softens the ligaments to prepare your body for a smoother delivery. Your body may let you stretch to a great extent due to the release of this hormone. It is important to ensure that you do not overstretch your body even if it permits to do so.

Your body during this phase of pregnancy involves the formation of your foetus. It is very important to take extra care to avoid any harmful side effects.

The second trimester is the best phase of your pregnancy. You will regain all the lost energy levels during your first trimester. You will not have any morning sickness issues or blood pressure issues. Practise poses that help you stretch your belly and prepare you for your next trimester. If there is any pose which may be difficult, let your instructor know so they can alter it with a pose you can do with ease. You may also use a wall or props for support for some of the difficult poses.

During the third trimester, you will see that your belly size increases. Avoid any poses that will compress your belly. You will experience tiresomeness within your body. Do not force your body to do what it cannot do. Avoid poses that require you to lie flat on your back as this will decrease blood flow to your uterus.

Learn to listen to what your body is trying to tell you…

Avoid balancing exercises. During pregnancy, the centre of gravity within your body changes which may impact your balance. So avoid balancing poses, poses that place your body upside down or on your stomach. Balancing will become a challenge because of your growing belly, use support while performing even the minor poses.

Avoid deep forward bends, backward bends and twisting poses that stretch your abdominal muscles. They may tear your ligaments and you may strain your muscles whilst performing these asanas.

Avoid any poses that cause you to apply pressure on your abdomen. This may cut the supply of oxygen and blood to the growing baby.

Finally enjoy your exercise in moderation and avoid overexerting yourself.

The last thing you want during your pregnancy is added stress and physical injury. So understand your body and keep your instructor informed of any slight discomfort.

Good Luck!!!

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