Can you do yoga during pregnancy?

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Yoga is a very beautiful practice for women during the pregnancy months. Not only does it allow them to stay active, elastic and flexible, but it also helps them stay calm in difficult situations by realizing the importance of breathing in achieving a calm and serene mind. It also helps them share their experiences with other women, and all the doubts and insecurities that may arise during pregnancy.

Many women go to yoga for the first time when they are pregnant, as a way to stay in shape and to learn to connect with the breath. And it is a very good choice! These yoga classes, special for future moms (you should always look for a center specialized in these types of sessions) emphasize breathing, stretching, relaxation, and feeling and enjoying that special connection with the baby.

Some considerations to keep in mind:

  1. Avoid sharp turns and abdominal work. You should not put pressure on the belly and when turning, in the twisting postures, they will always be done in a smooth and controlled way.
  2. Forward back bending postures, such as paschimottanasana (seated clamp), should not be done to avoid crushing the abdomen. If you already practiced yoga before you were pregnant, you may come across some other posture, such as performing back extensions (such as the camel pose) may be fine, but if you have never practiced yoga, you should not do too advanced asanas. You can do some standing back push-ups but always with your legs well apart and bent.
  3. Avoid types of yoga that work in hot rooms. A hot room can cause discomfort, dizziness, heat stroke, etc., which can be harmful to the baby. And remember: always stay hydrated!
  4. Better to start practicing yoga from the second trimester of pregnancy, to avoid any complications. Instead of doing the traditional savasana posture (lying on your back with arms and legs apart) you can choose to lie on your side with your legs slightly bent and even help yourself with the different accessories such as blankets, blocks, cushions, which the instructor will indicate. And that will help you to be much more comfortable.

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