With a baby on the way, are you thinking of doing some prenatal yoga? In the third trimester or the very first week, this holistic healing regimen can be great for expectant moms. However, it's important to keep a few caveats in mind, so that you and your baby can stay safe and healthy right up until you give birth.
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine agrees that prenatal yoga is perfectly safe, provided that mothers-to-be exercise a little caution and keep their poses conservative.
Want some tips for keeping your prenatal yoga routine safe? Try avoiding the following poses, at least until you've recovered from childbirth:
1. Deep forward bends or twists. According to FitSugar, these poses can put pressure on your uterus' arteries. If you really feel the urge to bend forward, do it with your legs splayed wide to give your blood vessels room.
2. Crunches. Certain postures tense your abdominal muscles, which could cause your abs to separate.
3. Lying supine. Being on your back can feel good, but this posture may also put pressure on vital arteries.
4. Extreme poses. It should almost go without saying that postures that require amazing flexibility should be put on hold until after your baby arrives.