Q&A: Can i start to do yoga at 24wks pregnant?

Question by Sam: Can i start to do yoga at 24wks pregnant?
I am 24wks pregnant and i would like to start doing yoga, start stetching every morning and night, and walk very frequently to hopefully help my body bounce back after the baby is here. is it to late in my pregnancy to start this kind of routine into my daily life since they say not to work out if you werent working out before you got pregnant?

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Answer by Leuco
It’s fine to start yoga during your pregnancy, and it’s an excellent form of exercise however make sure you are 100% informed on the specific positions and stretches you can’t do during pregnancy, and while there are not many, there are some.

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One Response to “Q&A: Can i start to do yoga at 24wks pregnant?”

  1. It is a very smart decision to start a yoga practice. It will certainly bring you great benefits for the rest of your pregnancy, during your labor and delivery and even during the first year of your baby’s life. You will begin to see not only physical changes in the way your body feels and reacts to your pregnancy but also in your peace of mind and mental well-being. Start with the basic principle of yoga-your breath. Sit quietly in the morning or evening and pay attention to your breath. Breathe deeply in through your nose and out through your nose, observing your belly expanding, your chest rising and falling. Feel your body and bond with your baby.

    Some excellent light postures to do as a beginner include sukhasana which is the traditional seated cross-legged position with your back straight and your hands on your knees (sit on a pillow). Tadasana is the traditional standing posture with your feet together and your arms at your sides. This pose internalizes stillness, strength, relaxed power, and immovable stability.
    Also, virabhadrasana I or Warrior Pose stretches and strengthens the arms and legs, increases stamina, improves balance and concentration, and relieves backaches. I attached a link below with a visual to the pose (scroll about halfway down the page).

    To move into warrior I while standing in mountain pose, take a step back with your right foot and angle your foot at a 45 degree angle (about 5 o’clock). turn your hips so both face forward. Inhale and extend your arms up over your head, palms facing each other. Exhale and bend your front knee, being careful that your knee is on the outside of your big toe. Breath deeply for 1 or 2 breaths, then step forward with your back leg and repeat on the other side.

    There are many other basic postures you can begin to add to your practice. While pregnant, unless you were a yogi before, its better to avoid any postures where you are lying on your stomach or back, any twisting postures or postures that require you to fold forward, constricting space for your growing belly. Practice just 15-20 minutes a day to really reap the benefits.

    I practiced throughout my pregnancy and loved the way my body felt after practice. I could feel my son moving and reacting to certain postures. All the practice with focus on my breath really helped me get through my labor & delivery without pain relievers or an epidural. And let me tell you, that first year of my baby’s life was such a life changing experience that I am so blessed I had my yoga practice to help ground me and keep me connected to my inner source of strength!

    Good luck and Namaste!