Can I start doing yoga now that I am pregnant?

Yes, you can. Yoga is a great exercise to do during pregnancy as it doesn’t put too much strain on your joints. It has also been shown to reduce anxiety and to help women stay calm in pregnancy and labour.

Women doing pregnancy yoga.

You’ll also learn breathing techniques that could help you cope with contractions when you’re in labour.

There are many styles of yoga and you are likely to be directed to the more gentle, slower paced styles such as hatha. Avoid yoga that takes place in heated rooms, such as Bikram – you could overheat.

There are many styles of yoga and you are likely to be directed to the more gentle, slower paced styles such as hatha. Avoid yoga that takes place in heated rooms, such as Bikram – you could overheat.

As your baby grows, your centre of gravity will shift because your bump is getting bigger. This means you’re more likely to lose your balance, so take care and move slowly. For standing postures, use support if you need to – a wall or a chair, for instance.

Join a pregnancy yoga class. As well as covering exercises that are suitable for pregnancy, it’s a good opportunity to meet other pregnant women near you.

Find out more about yoga in pregnancy

Sources

  1. Newham JJ, Wittkowski A, Hurley J, Aplin JD, Westwood M (2014) ‘Effects of antenatal yoga on maternal anxiety and depression: a randomized controlled trial’, Depression and Anxiety, 31 (8): 638: 2014http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/da.22268/abstract;jsessionid=8356994E9CF8683BEBFA426268A1E65D.f01t03
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