Some women may think exercising when pregnant may not be beneficial to their little baby bean. But the truth is, exercises such as yoga for pregnant women have shown to have tremendous benefits for both mom and baby.
Ayurveda and Prenatal Yoga
When it comes to any form of exercise, Ayurveda believes that one shouldn’t overexert themselves but still exercise nonetheless. Mamas-to-be may feel exerted more so than when you weren’t with child so listen to your body and don’t over do it. That being said, let’s get to some prenatal yoga benefits.
Is Yoga while Pregnant Safe?
If you’re wondering whether yoga is safe during pregnancy… well, yes. Most pregnancy yoga practices follow certain precautions that ensure the safety of you and your baby. These are some precautions to take.
Attend a class with an instructor you trust, then let them know you’re preggo and in what trimester.
Say no to any asanas which require you to lay on your back. It may reduce blood flow to the uterus.
Also avoid asanas that may stretch your stomach muscles a lot. You are at a naturally higher risk for pulling your abdominals while pregnant.
When you’re pregnant the mass you gain changes your center of gravity. You may find this sudden so we recommend using yoga blocks, support against a wall or the support of a chair.
No Bikram Yoga for you. If you love your Bikram Hot Yoga, it’s time to give it a rest as the added strain and heat could endanger your baby. Not to mention a pool of your sweat adds for a slippery surface, and you will want to avoid a fall.
Additionally Avoid these Asanas While Pregnant:
Balancing poses on one leg (unless supported by chair or wall)
Any sort of stands, head or hand.
Upward Bow Pose
Yoga Poses While Pregnant
Yoga is probably one of the best prenatal workouts you can get in. It calms both your mind and body by eliminating some of the physical and mental duress you might experience while carrying. As mentioned before, we want to make sure you attempt these under supervision.
Love your body and your soon-to-be born baby. For other resources on yoga browse these, and check out this how-to guide below for some of the safest asanas to perform while pregnant.