The NJ Fit Mama shares these great tips to help you be safe during your pregnancy…
Is Prenatal Yoga right for you?
With the exception to at risk patients, prenatal exercise is usually encouraged. Remember that every woman is different, however, so each pregnancy varies. Always speak with your OBGYN before participating in any exercise during pregnancy. If yoga is a new activity that you’re not used to, airing on the side of caution and simply listening to your body is a great guide to go by during class. Many expecting moms continue practicing after the baby arrives because of the mental and physical benefits it provides.
Try to be discerning with whom and where you’re receiving your information on prenatal best practices. The most reliable sources are based on research & conversations with your physician.
If you’re feeling nausea and lightheadedness during a yoga class…
Water and snacks are a pregnant gal’s best friends. This holds true in the yoga studio too! Remember to always bring water with you to class, as well as quick snacks, like fruit, trail mix or a granola bar. Also having several small meals throughout the day can help decrease nauseous and dizziness.
Be mindful that your blood pressure may be lower during certain points of your pregnancy, such as your second trimester. Low blood pressure may cause you to feel light headed. Simply take a break and recover in “child’s pose” as needed; slow breaths will help calm down your body and center your mind.
Wear cool, breathable clothing to minimize overheating and stay hydrated. Do not participate in “hot” yoga, as high temperatures may lead to increased nausea and dizziness.
Other notes about prenatal yoga practice?
During pregnancy, your body releases a hormone called relaxin, which works to relax your muscles, joints, and ligaments in preparation for delivery. As a result you may feel a bit more limber than you actually are, putting you at risk for over stretching. Be cognizant of this and proceed slowly throughout your practices.
Be aware of the additional weight, wear and tear that your growing baby bump is already causing when you engage in any workout.
Know that balance, agility, concentration, in addition to the physical challenges are just some of the many aspects that differ in a pregnant body vs. a pre-baby body. I can’t stress enough the importance of being patient and allowing you to take each day one at a time.
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