Despite the many tantalizing prospects, benefits and advantages that yoga during pregnancy brings, it would be best to avoid immediately jumping into the whole process. Here are a few things to bear in mind and take into account for this sort of practice:
Regularly consult and check with your Doctor. Do not take matters into your own hands because medical practitioners know best. They may even suggest exercises and diets that match your health and lifestyle while engaging in yoga.
Create a suitable exercise program. Now is not a time to be adventurous. Even as an experienced yoga practitioner, it would be advisable to do beginner programs. If joining a class, make sure to choose classes that are specifically designed to have movements for yoga during pregnancy. Verify that instructors are well-trained, competent and certified to handle expecting mothers. If going solo, correspond exercises to your capability of movement and focus mainly on recommended exercises per trimester.
Learn to manage breathing properly. “Pranayamas” or breathing exercises are designed to increase oxygen intake and expulsion of carbon dioxide. It aids in the release of emotional tension. Not doing so correctly make the yogic exercises more detrimental than helpful.
Consistency is the key. Practice the exercises regularly in order to maintain and continue the progress started. Not to mention, regularity lessens the strain on muscles and avoids having to let the body constantly adapt to changes.
Know your limits. This is the most essential tip when doing these workouts. Listen to your body and don’t force anything. If in discomfort, strain, or pain, stop immediately. Overstretching is harmful not only to you but your baby’s welfare as well.
Begin and end sessions with a few minutes of relaxation. This is what the practice is all about in the first place.
When followed, yoga during pregnancy will be a most fruitful, enjoyable and successful experience.