Yoga In Pregnancy – Busting Myths And Some Dos, Don’ts!

Pregnancy is an inexplicable part of a woman’s life – a phase that can be a complete myriad of emotions. The kicks are delightful, but the cramps can be debilitating. A pregnant woman may be glowing one moment and may feel terribly emotional at the very next one. Pregnancy also comes with a set of bodily changes, right from hormones going haywire to the sudden build-up of tension around the cervix. Finding some calm amidst the chaos is where pre-natal Yoga classes becomes a godsend during pregnancy. You can perform pregnancy yoga at home.

Yoga is one form of pregnancy exercise that supports a pregnant mom through the tumultuous changes her body and mind undergo while she’s expecting, and prepares her for childbirth. Via practice, a deeper connection is created between the to-be-mother and her unborn child. Yoga in pregnancy is truly magical.

Yoga and I:

For me, it did and still helps me develop inner awareness and strength that makes me feel strong, confident, and attractive as a mom. Yoga during pregnancy uplifted me to a stage where all I felt like was a puking machine.

Yoga in Pregnancy benefits the women

“Childbearing does not automatically incapacitate you from enjoying pleasures like spending time on your mat, unless medically necessary. There is a magnitude of programs at the disposal of pregnant mamas looking to stay active. Apart from reducing backaches, increasing your energy, encouraging better sleep, and preparing your muscles for childbirth, yoga can calm the anxious mind and develop strength and inner balance. To the wonderful mamas to be, I encourage you to listen to your body and your doctor’s advice. Every woman’s pregnancy journey is different, it’s important to remember that your mental and physical well being is your priority.”

– Sneha, Mindhouse Trainer

Prenatal Yoga – My happiness mantra

My pregnancy wasn’t an easy one. Towards the end of the first trimester, I’d already experienced a fair share of mood swings and I had to do something about how I felt every single day. As someone who had never stepped on the yoga mat before, I can attest that prenatal yoga worked wonderfully for me. It helped me connect with my body and mind before and post-delivery.

What felt like an eternity of internal chaos was reversed after I tried a prenatal yoga class. I found myself feeling more motivated and better! (what prompted me is a story for some other time!) This was done with the objective of feeling happy, rejuvenated, and more than anything- to feel like I was tending to myself and the life within me. In my 10th week, I was already enjoying pregnancy yoga asanas! (Super grateful to Shyft for their awesome techniques)

Once I started, I didn’t stop. Their pregnancy yoga classes are online and I saw an immediate effect on my mind and body. The sessions include a range of meditation, breathwork, and mind training exercises designed by experts, all of which are accessible from the comfort of your home! 

If you are expecting, you will find that their ‘Prenatal Yoga and Breathwork program can help your cause as it includes different postures and asanas beneficial for each of the three trimesters.

How Yoga in pregnancy can benefit expecting moms?

Pregnancy exercises encourage stretching and deep breathing, thus preparing a new mom for what’s to come. I can totally understand how anxious new moms feel about staying fit and exercising but trust me, it doesn’t have to be that way.

Prenatal yoga helps

  • Improve sleep
  • Alleviate stress and anxiety
  • Increase strength, flexibility, and endurance (for childbirth)
  • Reduce lower back pains, heartaches, nausea, headaches, and other complications

Yoga in pregnancy – Dos and Don’ts

Before you start, it’s always advisable to consult your gynecologist to determine whether your body is ready for yoga in pregnancy. Once that is out of the way,   you can enroll in pregnancy yoga classes, in a format wherein you are given personal attention by an experienced trainer, with all the dos and don’ts in mind.

Prenatal yoga programs include several pregnancy exercises that can help new mums prepare better for birthing their bundles of joy! These sessions are particularly helpful in strengthening the spine and hips, increasing blood circulation, relieving joint pains, increasing lung capacity, and relaxing the mind. 

Yoga in pregnancy - Dos and don'ts
Practicing yoga and meditation at home can be rejuvenating for pregnant mums.

Most importantly, practicing your breathwork is an essential part of prenatal yoga, as it can help you manage pain and stress during delivery.

Pregnancy yoga enables you to listen to your body and do what is right without overworking yourself. Take adequate breaks, skip or adjust the postures as and when required, or even stop if you feel unwell. Bottom line – don’t stress yourself out!

“The pregnancy yoga don’ts are straightforward. Avoid complicated poses or high-impact exercises, don’t stay on an empty stomach, and definitely keep away from excessively vigorous forms of yoga and other exercises.

Yoga in pregnancy – Busting myths:

Myth 1: Expecting mums must not try prenatal yoga if they have never practiced yoga.

This is a false notion, because you will be taken care of by experienced yoga instructors who will speak to you about your health, fitness level, and pregnancy stage before guiding your prenatal yoga sessions, to ensure that you are safe and comfortable during the classes.

Myth 2: Pregnancy exercises can rob your baby of essential nutrients.

As long as you are eating a balanced meal and staying hydrated, there is nothing to worry about; your baby will get all the nutrients it requires irrespective of whether you indulge in pregnancy exercises or not.  

Busting the myths about Yoga in pregnancy

Myth 3: Prenatal yoga during the third trimester will lead to early labor.

Again, there is no proof that backs this claim. On the contrary, yoga in pregnancy can help a great deal in the birthing process by strengthening the pelvic muscles, and deep breathing can help reduce stress during labor.

Pregnancy Yoga – Confused about whether to do or not to do?

Pre-natal yoga involves simple postures and movements to keep the body flexible and active and even contributes to positive mental health. The movements, in combination with the slow and deep breathing techniques, help to improve oxygen supply throughout the body which has a positive impact on the development of the fetus. Not only is yoga a great way to improve your overall health and well being, but it also makes sure the gestation period is made comfortable for you while promoting great postnatal health.

Nidha, Mindhouse Instructor

Yoga in pregnancy will help you slow down and enjoy the entire experience by nurturing and respecting the incredible changes within your body. Moreover, prenatal yoga sessions enable you to bond with other pregnant women, which is an incredible experience in itself. Still in two minds or perhaps you have a million questions about pregnancy yoga at home? Contact Shyft and check out their pregnancy yoga classes for moms to be!

Author: Vaishali Sudan Sharma

Mom blogger, books lover, fan of new wave cinema, fond of jazz, lounge and classical music. Love to cook Indian & Italian cuisine.

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39 thoughts on “Yoga In Pregnancy – Busting Myths And Some Dos, Don’ts!”

  1. These are some great tips shared, I too practiced light yoga when I was carrying because I was worried. Wish I could have read this

  2. Yoga is a discipline with tremendous benefits on the body, mind, and soul. It is good that you have highlighted the multiple benefits Yoga has in pregnancy, as it is really beneficial.

  3. Yoga helps everyone.!! This is very helpful article for all the new mommies. You have explained everything in very good way.

  4. So well written article… happy to see some salient myth busting points… personally I love yoga and this article has shown it’s other sides too.worthy to read.

  5. Pregnancy is the most important time in women’s life. There are many myths regarding exercise in pregnancy but yoga being the lightest form can be done with proper precautions. You have explained the do’s and don’t very well.

  6. This is really beautiful and informative blog I must say and yes I did some yoga practice in my pregnancy too and it helps to keep fit active and keep my mind calm too.

  7. As a recent second time, I can relate to this post very well. Yoga is so therapeutic and promotes positivity in the mind, especially when I was anxious about the delivery during pandemic. But again as you have mentioned, it is very important to do it under supervision or expert guidance.

  8. Yoga is such a lovely and ease giving practice with a far reaching affect. and really helpful in the short and the long term. I like the section where you have busted myths around doing yoga .during pregnancy.

  9. I have seen many women practicing Yoga during pregnancy. However it needs to be done under proper supervision that is what I feel. Thanks for the detailed post.

  10. I love yoga asanas and I live on it. During my pregnancy, parental yoga helped me a lot to deal with my mood swings, depression and stress. Glad to know about Mindhouse. Will definitely check with them.

  11. I practiced a bit of Yoga for the meditation purpose. It really helped me keep my sanity at place. This post is quite informativeand I am sure will help all pregnant women.

  12. This is so well researched post, I am glad you have busted so many myths related to so yoga in pregnancy!! Thanks for sharing this.

  13. You have highlighted pertinent points. Yoga, done properly under supervision, is a great way to energise the body. It certainly calms the mind and strengthens the body.

  14. I was strictly advised against yoga and any other exercise during my pregnancy. I had a high-risk one. Agree yoga has many benefits but I think its crucial to seek doctor’s advice before starting it.

  15. What an excellent write-up. Why didn’t I get to read this then? I really wish I knew about Yoga during pregnancy. I am a Yoga addict for 7 years now. But if I had known then maybe I would have sailed through my postnatal depression which has become chronic. Even after 36 years now I am suffering. Yoga and mainly, pranayam helps me during my anxiety attacks.

  16. I’ve seen many women go for prenatal yoga and how it has benefited them. As hormones are raging during pregnancy, yoga for sure helps to calm down and also the movement allows for easy and normal delivery. Not to forget it also aids quick weight loss and taps weight gain while being pregnant…. while I could not go for it during both my pregnancies, I urge women to go for it due to its many benefits.

  17. I believe Yoga has a solution to all , if done in proper guidance. Your post is really an eye opener to many of us, shall share with my friends who are expecting their baby.

  18. Yoga helps alot for kids as well as adults. It is now followed by many mum-to-be but during both my pregnancies I was adviced otherwise due to the complications that I had then. But I still used to follow some basic poses which helped me a lot.

  19. Good to go with topic and wonderful tips for all the expecting mother’s.. Yoga in pregnancy is really important to be followed with proper guidance..

  20. Such an important information you had shared here in this article about pre natal yoga. yoga offers great mental and physical benefits in general and now with expert help pregnant women can also get that amazing benefits. thanks a lot for busting all common myths related with pre natal yoga.

  21. This is such a brilliant article, I am sure it will help many women to clear their doubts about taking up yoga during pregnancy. I wish I had known about the benefits during my pregnancy and had joined prenatal yoga classes.

  22. Yes I believe yoga during pregnancy is a very good activity that keeps a woman well exercised. Important to keep in mind though that it should be done under proper guidance.

  23. wow…wonderful post with great insights. Thanks for breaking the myths attached with Yoga during pregnancy. I feel Yoga is the best way to relax yourself and it helps you in breathing which in turn reduces stress.

  24. Yoga is so amazing for relaxation and pregnancy is this one state which is filled with raging hormones that overwhelm. This was quite a comprehensive post on yoga benefits.

  25. Yoga is one of the best forms of exercise. I practice it regularly and also did it while I was pregnant. Good post highlighting the do’s and don’ts to keep in mind for expecting moms.

  26. Very nice ! I wish I could read this before my pregnancy also ☺️.. I was always not sure that I should do or not .. will be helpful for my sis ❤️

  27. Great info on the myths and do’s and don’ts on yoga during pregnancy… Thanx for the info

  28. You made some great tips and also defined myths about yoga here for pregnant ladies who loves to do Yoga. Even my aunt is so in love with yoga,and she is pregnant. I will surely recommend this article to her! Thanks,worth read.