7 Yoga Poses to Avoid During Pregnancy

These poses avoid during pregnancy

During pregnancy body produce the hormones called relaxin, which makes inflexible parts of your body like bones and ligaments soft. These soft parts of body may affect during the yoga poses that are deep starched. So be careful with yoga when someone is pregnant and avoid these poses below.

1- Seated Spinal Twist (ardha matsyendrasana):- It compresses the internal organs, including the uterus. During pregnancy, yoga poses with deep twists from the belly should be avoided.

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2- Skull Shining Breath (Kapalabhati): – Yoga poses with breath retention or rapid inhales and exhales should be avoided during pregnancy. Kapalabhati is a yoga pose requiring breath retention or rapid inhales and exhales.

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3- Legs up the wall (viparita karani):- Avoid inverted poses and if you are not comfortable avoid the turning yourself upside down. It may inherent risk to your baby if you are not super comfortable with inversions. Deep inversion should be avoided during pregnancy.

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4- Full wheel (Urdhva Dhanurasana):- Avoid deep backbends. Full wheel pose required deep backbend. So if you are comfortable then you may do it in the first trimester if you are feels good.

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5- Boat pose (Navasana):- Yoga poses that work for abdominal strength should be avoided. Boat pose is the best pose to focus on your abdominal strength. So it should be avoided during pregnancy.

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6- Cobra Pose (Bhujangasana):- During pregnancy you should avoid the yoga poses that require lying on the belly. In the cobra pose you lie on the belly and place your palms directly under your shoulders on the ground. You may try it during first trimester as the fetus is still very small.

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7- Lie on the back: – Yoga poses that require lying on the back for a long period should be avoided during pregnancy. In second trimester doctors may advise against lying on your back for long periods. You can start savasana pose lying on your left side as early in your pregnancy as you like. Savasana pose on back for a long period of time should be avoided.

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Bikram yoga/Hot yoga is yoga that can raise core temperature of your body. During pregnancy it is not recommended to raise your body’s core temperature. A very vigorous form of vinyasa yoga, like Ashtanga or Power yoga may be practice, but be flexible and willing to try gentler styles in the direction of a yoga master. Parental yoga teachers training may be helpful and beneficial during pregnancy.

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