Is Prenatal Yoga Safe for the First Trimester?

Is Prenatal Yoga Safe for the First Trimester?

Benefits of prenatal yoga

If you want to stay healthy and fit through your pregnancy, you should practice prenatal yoga, swimming, and walking through your first trimester at least. These three practices are very healthy and are very safe at the same time. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here

Many experts and doctors recommend them. You can attend group prenatal yoga classes daily and carry out yoga poses that are designed especially for women in their first trimester. You will undergo many physiological changes when you get pregnant and prenatal yoga will accommodate those changes too. You can talk to your doctor if you are looking to join prenatal yoga classes or carry out a few poses at home.

It is important to talk to the doctor because if you have a history of chronic back problems or preterm labor, prenatal yoga is not safe for you. Only when your doctor gives you the clean bill of health, should you go forward with practicing prenatal yoga during pregnancy.

Physiological changes

From the day you conceive or in better words, from the day your egg is fertilized and implanted into the uterine lining, your first trimester begins. It lasts until the thirteenth week. In these thirteen weeks you will see numerous changes in your body.

For example, you will need more and more energy to support yourself as well as your growing child. This is why you might feel tired and fatigued at times. Also, the levels of the female hormones progesterone and estrogen will increase in your body.

This will lead to tender and swollen breasts. You will also start urinating a lot during your first trimester because your uterus will have grown and will have pushed your bladder. Nauseated feeling resulting in vomiting is also very common.

This is called morning sickness but you can experience it at any time of the day. All these symptoms may weigh you down and you might not want to exercise at all. However, you should push yourself to exercise so as to stay fit and healthy for the sake of your baby.

How it helps

For one, prenatal yoga will help you stay fit. Fitness and health are extremely important for the welfare of your growing baby. In addition, practicing prenatal yoga during your early pregnancy will bring down stress and will help you relax.

Pains, pregnancy aches, and other problems will also be alleviated. You will also be fit enough in preparation of labor. Know that prenatal yoga has been named as such because it benefits pregnant ladies. It has been designed especially for pregnant women.

If you attend a class organized by a professional, you will be in safe hands because they will give you poses to help you loosen tight chest muscles, alleviate sore hips and alleviate back pain. They will not give you any poses that might risk the health of your baby.

Always make sure you look for a prenatal yoga class specifically and not normal yoga classes so as to be sure that the poses taught to you are safe. Your instructor should be able to understand the needs of pregnant ladies and provide you a routine that is healthy and safe.

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Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD | ConceiveEasy
Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.