As the guru says, regularly practiced yoga prevents many of the troubles associated with pregnancy and improves the health of the future child. And now there are scientific studies confirming this statement.
Why is yoga useful for pregnant women?
Yoga and Pregnancy
Yoga can help women go through pregnancy and childbirth with minimal discomfort. An independent obstetrician, Manen Nedas, says: “In my experience, yoga plays a very important role during pregnancy.” As a rule, pregnant mothers who practice yoga have more healthy children, and they are stronger, their bodies are more flexible, allowing them to adapt to different positions during childbirth, and ligaments are more elastic, which, in turn, can help reduce pain during labor clashes.”
Yoga can also help alleviate back problems, which are frequent in pregnant women. Yoga helps prepare for the birth of a child – it stimulates breathing and understanding the body, reduces anxiety, and teaches the woman how to adapt to the new situation.
Research of scientists
Scientists from the hospital at the Cincinnati Medical Children’s Center joined forces with the Vivekananda Yoga Research Foundation in Bangalore, India. They examined 335 women aged 18 to 35 years who practiced yoga for an hour or walked for an hour each day during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy. The researchers found that women who practiced yoga had a lower percentage of emergency cesarean section (23 to 33%) than those who walked. Future mothers involved in yoga also had lower blood pressure and, on average, higher fetal growth rates.
“The improvements we saw in stretching, respiratory and meditative exercises can be associated with an increase in blood flow to the placenta, a decrease in the level of stress hormones that are transmitted to the fetus, a decrease in the likelihood of premature release of hormones that lead to the onset of labor, or all three phenomena, “says study co-author Vivek Narendrein, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at the medical center.
Advice from specialists
What to look for:
Classes specifically designed for pregnant women.
Safe style includes hatha yoga, Iyengar, Anandu (systems oriented to the correct location and increasing mental orientation) and Kundalini.
Avoid risks: stay away from Ashtanga, Bikram (hot yoga), power yoga, styles and postures that put pressure on your stomach or involve jumping, twisting, or lying on your back.
Know what to expect: all classes should be very gentle and offer changing poses standing and sitting, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques.
How to find a class: start with a gynecologist or obstetrician.