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Is Yoga Safe and Good for Pregnant Women?

Updated on May 2, 2011

Is yoga technique safe for pregnant women? Yes, yoga is safe for pregnant women, but you need to be careful when doing it and consult a health provider before embarking on it. If you have been doing yoga before you were pregnant, it is relatively safe but be mindful of the overall response of your body to yoga. The importance of overall health when you are pregnant should be emphasized. Exercise is a way to stay healthy in the course of your pregnancy as it is beneficial to your baby as well. Exercise help a pregnant woman in being happy and to have an enjoyable pregnancy. Yoga help women in the overall healthy status of pregnancy and it is an exercise recommended by lots of ob-gyn because it helps in the mental, physical and emotional health of the pregnant women.Studies have shown that the ehelth of the mother is important for the health of the unborn baby.

I started writing about health and pregnancy and this one is included in that series of hubs about overall health of women during pregnancy. Please check out my other hub about fitness and exercise for pregnant women -- Simple and Easy Exercise for Pregnant Women.

Yoga is Safe for Pregnant Women

What is Yoga?

  • Yoga is a form of exercise or meditation which originated in India. It is an ancient traditional method of healing which focuses in the body-mind coordination. The word yoga has lots of meanings and it was derived form the Sanskrit word meaning to "control", "yoke", "unite" "joining", "uniting", "union", "conjunction", and "means". It can also mean "contemplation" or "absorption".

Benefits of Yoga During Pregnancy

Yoga is a technique that is recommended as a form of exercise to pregnant women because it is helpful in the emotional, physical and mind body coordination Plus it is recommended for the following reasons :

  • It helps in breathing techniques needed when you are in labor
  • When you meditate you experience self actualization and happiness which is good for both the baby in the womb and the mother
  • It is healthy for your uterus, joints and legs for natural delivery
  • It helps in overall calming of your fears, tensions and conflicting emotions brought about by the hormonal changes in your body

 

The Five Tools of Yoga are : breathing, yoga exercise, meditation, Mudras and Bandhas – (the psycho-physical stimulation of these gestures are very healthful for your uterus) plus deep relaxation.

Why is Yoga Needed and Recommended for Pregnant Women

  • According to a Yogini expert Jeannine Parvati Baker -Practicing Yoga during pregnancy is one way to heal the split between soul and spirit found in our culture. Prenatal Yoga sexualizes spirituality and spiritualizes fertility. It is the tantric practice of mothers. Once the babies come planetside, our yoga practice shifts into karma Yoga beyond belief. We become servants to our babies and our path is bhakti Yoga,the practice of devotion. Giving conscious birth is woman’s vision quest, par excellence. It is ultimate sadhana, spiritual practice, – which requires purity in strength, flexibility, health, concentration, surrender, and faith.---
  • Another Yogini Roxanne Kamayani Gupta, Ph.D added that --As Yoginis we must conceive of a new liberation, one that does not seek a simplistic transcendence but rather a complex integration...By using yogic techniques that integrate the emotional and physical with the spiritual, women-- plus men who have the courage to resonate with their own feminine power-- can strengthen themselves not only to resist the negativity of these tumultuous times but to positively influence the direction of life on earth--

Is Yoga Safe for Pregnant Women - Youtube Part I Tutorials on Yoga for Pregnant Women

Is Yoga Safe for Pregnant Women - Youtube Part II Tutorials on Yoga for Pregnant Women

General Safety Precautions When Doing Yoga When You Are Pregnant

  • Consult a health provider when you start to embark on a yoga technique
  • Decide whether you are going to a yoga class or you can do it on your own. If you decide the latter it is good because all you need to do is to master the two videos above or choose available YOGA DVDs used for pregnant women
  • Wear the proper attire preferably a comfortable clothes
  • Don't exert so much twisting and contortion of your back and lower back portion of your body
  • Discontinue if you are in pain, don't force yourself as this might put strain in your pelvic and uterus area.

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 Summary :

Yoga is a good exercise for a pregnant woman because it helps in the overall health in terms of physical and mind coordination. Pregnant women who practice yoga doesn't have difficulty in giving birth plus they are at ease  during labor

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    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi sameerk, thank you, Maita

    • sameerk profile image

      sameerk 

      8 years ago from India

      Thank You Very useful . You can read my love poem

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Kuya Dave, you made me laugh hehe, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thank you Katrina, you're an expert in this one, Maita

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      Katrina Ariel 

      8 years ago from The Highlands of British Columbia, Canada

      Maita,

      There is some good info here. I highly suggest pregnant women go to a skilled yoga instructor if they do not already have a yoga practice, because there are subtleties to the changes in the body. It's really helpful to have a teacher.

      For twists, think about only twisting the upper third of the body, letting the belly stay centered.

      Yoga can be a huge blessing for both mama and baby. It's good that you've added it to your series for pregnancy.

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      Dave Mathews 

      8 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Hey Ate' Maita!, Since I can't get pregnant I guess I can avoid this, besides it doesn't look to comfortable for an old man like me.

      Brother Dave.

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      angel, thank you, I practiced yoga when I was preggers it is good, are you preggers friend? I recommend it, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hehe Barry, standing you made me smile, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Aafterseach, thank you, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Mike, When I was pregnant I am practicing yoga I like it as it makes me feel myself and calm down a bit, it help a lot, It is nice that you are into yoga Mike, thats good, hmm you are mixed with preggers hehe, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thank you hello, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Hi Mick, hehe, are you preggers yet, take care, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thank you Ron, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi sord, try it, it is helpful, Maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      theherbivorehippi, thank you Mam

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      sord87 

      8 years ago

      I would try this one,I have tried Lamaze but this Yoga technique is simply a form of meditation with a very little movements.I am expanding family size hopefully end of this year and hope this one will benefit us,thanks Maita for this!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      thank you Sandy, maita

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      hi entertianment, thank you for the read, Maita

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      entertianmentplus 

      8 years ago from United States

      Very good hub on Yoga

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      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      Very nice hub. Very informative about yoga.

    • theherbivorehippi profile image

      theherbivorehippi 

      8 years ago from Holly, MI

      Wonderful hub! Yoga is therapeutic! Rated up :)

    • a2z50 profile image

      a2z50 

      8 years ago

      Thank you for your great Hub! Very good information for those that are considering expanding the family size.

      Very nice.

      Ron

      As Always Also Rprcarz50

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Just came by to say hi. Hi! Once again I see no miracles in the near future, so -Hi!

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      This was a very interesting read and inside look of believes. Thank you.

    • Mike Lickteig profile image

      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      I am a huge advocate of yoga and if pregnant women approach practicing yoga with caution and common sense, there is no reason it cannot be of tremendous benefit. There have been several pregnant women in the yoga classes I participate in, and they always say good and positive things about their experiences.

      Thanks, Maita, this was a good and well-researched topic.

      Mike

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      AAfter Seach 

      8 years ago

      Navasana (Boat pose) should be strictly avoided during pregnancy.

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      Barry Rutherford 

      8 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Is standing on your head okay for pregnant women ?

    • anglnwu profile image

      anglnwu 

      8 years ago

      Helpful information for pregnant women thinking of taking up yoga or who are already into yoga. Good job!

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      "Quill" 

      8 years ago

      Great hub again Maita but again I missed out on that part of my life...

      Blessings

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thank you BK, Maita

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      BkCreative 

      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I've read so many great things about yoga and pregnancy. I hope more women can read your hub and heed the advice. We need to take better care of ourselves and yoga will do it.

      Thanks for such a great hub!

    • prettydarkhorse profile imageAUTHOR

      prettydarkhorse 

      8 years ago from US

      Thank you Sage, I practice meditation as well during my pregnancies just meditation BTW, not yoga exercise, Maita

    • Sage Williams profile image

      Sage Williams 

      8 years ago

      Yoga is good for so many things. I actually started taking yoga lessons when I was pregnant with my first child. Well it's now 30 years later and I was just entertaining the thought of getting back into. There are so many benefits to yoga.

      Great Job on this hub,

      Sage

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