Is it okay to do my regular yoga routine during my pregnancy?
i know to take it easy, and that there are yoga for pregnancy videos... but i like my regular video!
I think there are some positions you shouldn't be doing. Where I go, each term we have to fill out a form for enrolment and indicate whether we are pregnant or not. It is written that if yes, we may have to change class.
I've read an article recently about the benefits of yoga for the pregnant women: http://www.ishtayoga.com/articles/46
"… practice yoga and exercise more during pregnancy! You may feel more comfortable, beautiful, and confident about your newly blossoming body. You may also find your baby is happier, smarter, calmer, stronger, and more relaxed. Amazing, but could be true!"
But it is important to listen to your body and know when you need to exercise and when to rest. And please modify and even avoid some poses.
Here are some suggestions and please read more from the links below.
- Pregnant women should avoid most inversions because you don't want to encourage circulation away from the uterus. (The one exception, however, is Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog), which is fine for short periods of time.)
- Pregnant women should avoid closed twists, and backbends. (Don't do anything that might compress the uterus or overstretch the abdominal muscles.)
- In Savasana pregnant woman should lie on her left side.
- As the blessed event approaches, focus on poses like Prasarita Padottanasana (Intense Spread Leg Stretch), Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose), and Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose) to open the groins in preparation for delivery. Standing poses like Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), and Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) can help relieve back pain. And a simple inversion such as Viparita Karani (Legs-Up-the-Wall-Pose) can help to relieve swollen ankles.
Good Luck : )
Yoga is actually and excellent type of exercise to use during pregnancy. It is often used to prepare for labor.