Pregnancy Yoga : Frequently Asked Questions
By Lubna Sheikh on 26th April 2018
I often get asked a lot of questions about Pregnancy Yoga and how it benefits you and your future baby. I have listed a few of these for your convenience:
Can You Do Yoga While Pregnant?
A lot of people associate yoga with strange poses that could be quite painful if you’re expecting. Regular Yoga can be harmful in most cases, for example; poses on your back that could reduce blood flow to your uterus.
However a specifically tailored pregnancy yoga program, as I offer at Bodywork Massage, can be very beneficial for you and your baby.
How Does Yoga Help You During Pregnancy?
There are many benefits to Pregnancy Yoga and it can certainly be beneficial during pregnancy. When pregnant, struggling to keep a healthy sleep schedule is normal. Many women in their second trimester tend to get heavy body aches during night time.
Yoga has proven to be a great solution for a pregnant woman to increase the number of sleeping hours per night by reducing aches, pains and muscle tension.
Pregnancy is a beautiful experience but there are many stressful situations you might face. Yoga – whether that be for pregnant women, or in general – has many relaxing qualities.
Letting the frustrations, stress and other negative feelings out, will not only ease your mind but physically, it will make being pregnant a lot less demanding for your body.
For example, lower stress levels lead to decreased feelings of nausea and a much decrease in the chance of developing issues like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is the name for the numbness in your fingers, hands and toes.
This can happen in the second trimester of your pregnancy and developing more flexibility and movement could help in preventing and/or healing Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
When Can I Start Doing Pregnancy Yoga?
The answer to this question varies, as yoga instructors around the world disagree on the recommended start date. It has proven that Yoga is not harmful at all for expecting women and their babies in their first trimester, yet the chances of a miscarriage are the highest in the first trimester.
I personally do not recommend starting pregnancy yoga until the second trimester, as I believe that the uterus should not be under any strain during the first three months of the pregnancy.
If your baby has been conceived through IVF, I’d advise you to wait 20 weeks before starting pregnancy yoga.
Do you want to learn more about pregnancy yoga? Read more here. Alternatively, why not give me a call on 07904 786 888 to discuss how I can help you?
About the author of this article
My name is Lubna and I am a Holistic Food Coach, Natural Chef, Massage Specialist & Yoga teacher. I am passionate about your health and well-being. Now, health and well-being is my life! I practice yoga every morning. I attend and support my community fitness centre and I have recently learned how to swim.