Yoga During Pregnancy

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As you may know, yoga during pregnancy has many benefits for you and the baby. Unfortunately, it may be harmful if done incorrectly. Here are some tips for safely enjoying yoga during pregnancy.

  • If you have never done yoga before, you should take a beginner class to ease yourself into it.
  • Avoid any pose that stretches your muscles too much, especially your abdominal muscles.
  • Avoid laying on your back after the first trimester, as this can restrict blood flow to your baby.
  • Perform standing poses near a wall to help you keep your balance and prevent injury to your baby or yourself.
  • Keep your pelvis upright and in front of your thighs when stretching your chest.
  • When you bend forward, bend from the hips, not the back. Maintain as much distance between your breast bone and pubic bone as possible. This should allow you to breathe easier.
  • When you bend forward while sitting, place a towel around your feet and hold both ends. Bend at your hips and lift your chest to avoid compression of your abdomen.
  • When performing twisting poses, twist more from the back and shoulders to avoid putting unnecessary pressure on your abdomen.
  • Always inform the instructor that you are pregnant if he or she is not already aware. They may have some alternative poses to suggest.
  • If at any point you feel uncomfortable, stop what you are doing. You may need to adapt each pose to the changes occurring in your body.

{ MORE: 10 Things Every Mom Can Learn from Yoga }

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  1. Lisa says:

    I started prenatal yoga a few days ago. I got GaimTV on my Roku, and I really enjoy it so far. 🙂

  2. sheenaholman says:

    Looks like I better stay away from yoga…

  3. i did pregnancy yoga 🙂

  4. Marilyn says:

    I think I’m going to look into yoga. It looks very relaxing.

  5. Dario says:

    She’s going to try this

  6. Plaws says:

    Does anyone know it yoga is exactly safe?? I would really like to try it I’m just super scared i’m going to do something wrong. But anything to go along with the walking and swimming I do will help!!

  7. Kaliaunna says:

    Never really done Yoga, but I have heard and read fantastic things about it. I am generally the bike riding/power walking/hiking type of girl and am very fit, but something tells me that yoga might be more appropriate during pregnancy. I do still intend to take my walks, though.

  8. nichole says:

    do you mean you wonder if yoga is safe? its very safe durring pregnancy as long as youve got your docs ok (it is a form of exercise and some women may not be able to do it while pregnent due to complications), and you have to take the precautions listed above, and you must listen to your body. even if not preggy. if it hurts or trys to tell you no, then your doing too much or doing it wrong! if your interested, i know you can find a lot of yoga that is specifically tailored for women looking to concieve, already pregnant (a lot have different poses for different trimesters), and after baby yoga.

  9. Aimee says:

    I wonder if it’s safe.

  10. magbat says:

    relax body and soul

  11. going to have to do some yoga, looks so relaxing!!

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