One of the most frequent questions I get asked is, when a good time to start prenatal yoga? The thoughts and opinions about this vary among the yoga community. Ranging from no physical activity in the first trimester, to continue all pre-pregnancy activity.
Here is a quick overview of the changes happening in the pregnant body.
During the first trimester the body starts producing lots of hormones. The fetus is rooting into the uterus. This is a period when miscarriage is most common. Some moms feel tired and nauseous. Even if you don’t experience the previous symptoms, it is still important to take it easy and make necessary modifications.
The general consensus is that the Second Trimester is the ideal time to start or resume any physical activity. Energy maybe regained and pregnancy starts to become more obvious.
The feeling of tiredness may return. Many moms begin to experience varying degrees of discomfort. This is a time to rest and take it easy.
As a yoga practitioner, teacher and mother who practiced throughout both her pregnancies, I can help. Here are some questions to help you make an informed decision.
Do you have a regular fitness routine? Before starting or continuing a physical fitness routine, consult with your healthcare provider. Take necessary modifications for your changing body.
Have you practiced yoga before? Seek out a prenatal yoga class with an experienced instructor. Not all yoga teachers are trained or knowledgeable about the pregnant yogi. Even if you’re an experienced yogi, it is beneficial to take a prenatal yoga class to learn modifications for pregnancy.
How are you feeling? Communicate with your instructor about how far along you are, any previous or current conditions. Always, always, always….listen to your body. Rest when you need to rest. Drink water when you need to drink water. And skip a pose if it’s feeling like too much.