Poses to avoid during pregnancy
The reason why there is a specific field of Yoga for pregnant women is because there are several asanas that may be very harmful for them. Therefore, whether you are a beginner or an active follower of Yoga it is very important to consult the right experts before taking up a class or continuing with the one you are already in. Below are a few things that you should avoid.
During the pregnancy period, the body constantly produces a hormone called Relaxin. This hormone makes the bones and the ligaments flexible so as to make space for the baby in your body. Now this softening up can make your body vulnerable to things like stretching and over exercising.
Avoid deep twists in the abdomen area because the crimp the organs including the uterus. Similarly jumps should be avoided because it runs the risk of dislodging the egg from the uterus.
Any pranayama that requires you to hold your breath or breathe too swiftly should be completely avoided. Instead start practicing birthing breath.
Deep backbends can be harmful. If you managed to do them comfortably before your pregnancy then you may continue it at least till your first semester else stay away from it.
Poses like the cobra pose where you have to lie down on your belly is fine up till the first semester, since the fetus is very small then. But you should stop it as your progress to the second semester.
Ardent followers of Bikram Yoga or hot yoga should start following other forms of Yoga since increasing the core temperature of your body is not advisable during pregnancy.
Poses that lay too much stress in the abdominal area should be substituted with lighter poses.
It is vital to remember that this is the time for you to relax and calm your body rather than heating it up by overworking. Give your body enough time to rest and loosen up. This is a time to sit back and take things lightly whether it is in Yoga or in day to day activities. This is probably the only period in your life where your body’s well being is the most important thing for you and your family. There are many amongst us who do not get the chance to go through the humbling experience of childbirth. You have and you are very lucky, remember to be grateful for that.
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