My husband and I were planning to have a baby soon. We both were constantly reading articles and magazines about pregnancy before that.
We decided to consult a gynecologist before the big decision. When we were at gynecologist’s waiting room I was going through many magazines lying there and found an interesting article about prenatal yoga.
I carefully read the complete article and decided to take my doctor’s advice on this. During the consultation, we asked every question and cleared our doubts regarding pregnancy.
I asked the doctor about prenatal yoga. She carefully answered all my questions and told me about the benefits of prenatal yoga during pregnancy. She also advised me to read some books about it and to take help from a prenatal yoga instructor for this.
After getting all our doubts about pregnancy cleared, we decided to proceed with our plans to start a family. We visited our doctor several times and finally got the good news that I had conceived.
Within a few months I started showing a baby bump. I had already read many articles about prenatal yoga. In every article, it was advised to start practicing prenatal yoga only after completing 14 weeks of pregnancy, which means 3 months approximately.
I started practicing yoga with various asanas with the help of my yoga instructor and doctor. As I started practicing yoga, I realized importance of it during this period.
Some of the asanas I did were Marjariasana (cat stretch), Veerbhadrasna (warrior pose), Badhaconasana (Butterfly Pose), Trikonasana (triangle pose), Shavasana (Corpse pose),Yoga nidra ( yogic sleep), Viparita karani (Legs up the wall pose) and various pranayamas like Bhramari (bee breathing ) and Nadi shodhan ( alternate nostril breathing technique).
But out of these asanas my favorites were Shavasana, Yoga nidra and pranayamas as they help to regulate blood pressure, relax body, reduce anxiety and tension and really improved my sleep.
I was doing all these asanas regularly for at least 30 minutes every day. Practicing prenatal yoga asanas not only make the body supple but also releases tension around the cervix by opening up the pelvis region.
Regular yoga and pranayama practice helped me to feel relaxed and breathe deeply. It prepared my mind and body to face the demands of labor and childbirth.
It also somewhat kept away the usual problems of pregnancy, such as morning sickness, constipation, painful leg cramps and swollen ankles.
Prenatal yoga classes also gave me opportunity to meet other pregnant women. Bonding with them helped me make new friends who were going through the same experiences and prepared me for the stress of being a new parent.
After my delivery, I found it easier to practice post-natal yoga and recover faster post-delivery.
If you’re pregnant and want to keep yourself fit mentally as well as physically during this period then, believe me, practicing prenatal yoga will definitely help you achieve these goals.
But make sure that you practice them with the help of a proper yoga instructor or trainer. You need to avoid certain asanas which may put pressure on your belly. You also need to avoid certain inversion positions and do as much as you can without undue effort.2