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First time pregnancy - My experience with Exercise

Updated on June 11, 2011

This is my first blog with hub pages. I was planning to write since long but could not find a topic. But then I realized why not write about my own personal experience. So here I am with my own experience of exercise during pregnancy.

Last year I was pregnant in the month of February and being my first pregnancy I was unaware of everything like what to eat, how to remain fit etc. Then I started reading pregnancy books and various internet articles. And finally I found my solution to be fit during pregnancy. I found Baba Ramdev’s yoga and pranayam and I followed that during the 9 months of pregnancy.

To start with, the main pranayams are Bhastrika, Anulom-vilom, Bhramari and Udgeeth. I will explain the steps below:

Bhastrika -Sit in comfortable position, you may sit even on a chair. Breathe in through your nostrils until the lungs are full. Breathe out forcefully and uniformly, again through your nostrils. This process of exhaling should be much faster than the process of inhaling. Repeat the process. When correctly done, your chest will expand when you breathe in and deflate when you breathe out. Continue doing this for 5 minutes.

Anulom-vilom - Sit comfortably. Close your eyes. Close the right nostril with the right thumb. Inhale slowly through the left nostril and fill your lungs with air. Close your left nostril with the ring and middle fingers of the right hand and open the right nostril. Exhale slowly and completely with the right nostril. Again inhale through the right nostril and fill your lungs. Close the right nostril by pressing it with the right thumb. Open the left nostril, breathe out slowly. (This process is one round of Anulom Vilom Pranayam.) Continue for 15 minutes. You may take a minute's rest after every five minutes of exercise.

Bhramari - Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee. Do this three times.

Udgeeth - Breathe in deeply, and chant OOOOOOm (long O and small m). Do this 3 times.

Not only these exercises keep our mind calm, but also keeps a good blood circulation which is in turn good for the baby.

I was also diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes (GD), so the doctor suggested me the diet control. With a strict diet control, I used to do lots of walking in fact after 20 minutes walking after every meal. This helped me control my sugar level and now I am perfectly fit and fine and also lost my pregnancy weight very soon.

After 7 months of my delivery, I have a happy and healthy baby now. Thanks to all these exercises and a healthy diet.

Note: These exercises are only for those who don’t have any complications in their pregnancy.

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      Shikha 

      2 years ago

      Hi, I have just confirmed that I am pregnant and doing anulom vilom pranayam for past 2-3 days. I am not new to yoga,I have been practicing yoga everyday for past 2 years so I want to continue in my pregnancy as well to have a healthy pregnancy. But when I am done doing anulom vilom I feel very mild pain in my pelvic area which subsides after sometime. Is this normal, did u ever experience something like this. Also I don't do anulom vilom forcefully, I saw baba ramdev's video on yoga for pregnancy and I follow that. I would really appreciate your response, it will be very helpful for me.

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