Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

Benefits of Yoga in Pregnancy

Yoga in Pregnancy

As an age-old form of exercise that has transcended generations through its sheer potency, yoga is the best method of putting your body to the task and stay in shape. But for expecting women, there is always a cause for concern, as yoga regimes usually require people to adopt positions that are impossible during pregnancy. Nevertheless, with the help of professional advice, yoga during pregnancy is really good, and actually could turn out for the better, as seen in many cases, as it makes the whole procedure of carrying, labor and childbirth a lot easier.

Yoga during pregnancy is proven to have a holistic impact on mothers and their babies as well, and is suggested by most professionals as it is the only form of exercise that accommodates and addresses everything that comes with pregnancy.

For starters, concentrating on the breathing techniques can help pregnant women relax both physically and mentally, and regain their composure as the pregnancy advances.

Here’s a Quick List as To Why Yoga During Pregnancy is Recommended by Health Professionals:

  • Yoga is the safest of exercise techniques that blends fitness of the body and the mind as well. It helps expecting mothers to stay physically fit, thereby ensuring a smooth childbirth.

  • The asanas prepared and modified according to the three trimesters help mothers-to-be to become more flexible, helping them adapt to the various positions, especially in labor.

  • Regular practice enables pregnant women to get rid of the general body aches and pains that accompany pregnancy and often last through labour and beyond.

  • Stretching postures help women develop elasticity in their ligaments, which is important for a safe and comfortable natural childbirth.

  • Yoga boosts blood circulation and brings about an overall positive feeling during the entire process.

  • Types of yoga such as Hatha, Kundalini, Ashtanga and Iyengar, all designed to address specific areas and systems of the human body, can be practiced, under the guidance of a qualified instructor who is well aware of your pregnancy and the trimester you are in.

Apart from all the above, yoga’s basic principle of viewing the spirit and the body as a whole brings a different dimension towards approaching pregnancy and childbirth.

However, the benefits notwithstanding, expecting women must always stay in tune with their bodies and address any discomfort immediately, if they were to arise.

CAUTION: It is strongly advised to practice Yoga during pregnancy only under the supervision of an expert Yoga teacher/Trainer.

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad