Yoga in Pregnancy


How yoga helps during pregnancy


Yoga provides holistic health benefits for to-be-mothers:

  • Yoga asanas help keep the body supple. They relieve tension around the cervix by opening up the pelvic region. This prepares to-be-mothers for labor and delivery.
  • Yoga and pranayamas can train you to breathe deeply and relax consciously, helping you face the demands of labor and childbirth.
  • Yoga helps alleviate the effect of common symptoms such as morning sickness, painful leg cramps, swollen ankles, and constipation.
  • Yoga asanas also help pregnant women recover faster post-delivery.

Yoga precautions for pregnant women


  • During the advanced stages of pregnancy, avoid yoga asanas that put pressure on the abdomen.
  • For the first trimester of pregnancy, do standing yoga poses. This will help strengthen the legs and enhance circulation. It can even reduce leg cramps.
  • During the second and third trimester, reduce the time spent holding asanas to prevent fatigue. Substitute with breathing exercises and meditation.
  • Avoid practicing yoga from the 10th to the 14th week of pregnancy since these are crucial times.
  • Avoid doing inversion poses.
  • Listen to your body and do as much as you can without undue effort.
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Yoga poses to avoid during pregnancy


  • Naukasana (Boat Pose)
  • Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)
  • Ardha Matsyendrasana (Sitting Half Spinal Twist)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  • Viparita Shalabhasana (Superman Pose)
  • Halasana (Plow Pose)

It is advisable to consult a doctor before taking up any yoga schedule during pregnancy. Learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained yoga teacher.

Practicing Yoga helps develop the body and mind, yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is essential to learn and practice yoga under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga only after consulting your doctor and a Delhi IVF Clinic.

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