Women who are pregnant go through an awful lot – tired joints, achy back, swelling, mood swings and so on. Medical experts often suggest that physical activities can help alleviate some of these symptoms. Expectant mothers who want a more well-rounded regimen can take holistic healing courses that specialize in teaching the benefits of yoga during pregnancy.
But what happens when you can't find a class that is designed for pregnant women? A regular yoga class will suffice, but health blog FitSugar offers some advice about what to avoid.
- Because forward bends may compress the blood vessels that feed the uterus, try keeping a wide space between your legs. Deep twists can have the same effect, so do not pivot deeply across the knee, but rather maintain an open position.
- Try not to do any poses that require you to lie on your back during the second or third trimester. This can interfere with circulation and compound back pain, hypertension and heartburn.
- Save the poses that work on your abs and obliques for after the baby is born.
- Whatever you do, don't overexert yourself. So those extreme classes that require you to work out in a hot room and contort yourself through inversions and extreme backbends? Forget about it!
Try finding a Dahn Yoga community to join. Not only are the exercises relaxing and gentle, but the knowledgeable teachers will be happy to show you how to make adjustments in pregnancy.