Can I do yoga inversion poses while pregnant?
By Dr. Nutan Pakhare
Yoga inversions are a staple of most yoga classes, but they’re not safe for everyone. If you’re pregnant, or if you have medical conditions that complicate your pregnancy, talk to your doctor about how it’s best to prepare for and recover from an inversion.
Yoga inversions, in general, are not recommended for anyone who is pregnant
Inversions, in general, are not recommended for anyone who is pregnant. As you know, the body goes through many changes during pregnancy. Some of these changes affect brain function and can cause dizziness and lightheadedness due to the shift in blood flow as well as the rush of hormones from the endocrine glands.
Inversions also put pressure on the pelvic floor which isn’t ideal for a growing pregnant belly.
If you have certain medical conditions that complicate your pregnancy you might be asked to avoid yoga inversions.
● If you have a history of blood clots, or if you have been diagnosed with a blood clot, you should avoid inversions. Yoga inversions increase your risk of forming another clot and this could be dangerous for both the mother-to-be and her unborn child.
● If you have a history of heart disease, consider avoiding some or all inverted poses if they cause discomfort or pain.
● If you have a history of migraines, avoid headstands as well as other inverted poses that put pressure on the head or neck area during pregnancy—they can trigger headaches
Even if inversions are safer for you they can cause complications so talk to your trainer or physician before doing a prenatal class that has inversions.
If you’re not sure whether or not you should perform inversions, talk to your doctor, yoga instructor and trusted friends. Your partner and family are also good resources for this question. If you feel comfortable doing inversions while pregnant, talk with your doctor because they may have opinions on the matter. The same applies if you’re considering trying a prenatal class that includes inversions: talk with your medical doctor and yoga teachers!
If you’ve decided that it’s safe for you to do these poses during pregnancy, the next step is deciding which ones work best for your body type – but remember that even if an asana feels good today doesn’t mean it will tomorrow! Also, keep in mind that everybody is different so not every asana will be right for every person either; so make sure that whatever decision(s) made regarding this topic has been carefully thought through beforehand rather than being made hastily on impulse alone which could lead one down a path full of regret later down the road.”
Inversions can cause dizziness and lightheadedness due to the shift in blood flow as well as the rush of hormones from the endocrine glands.
Inversions, such as headstands and handstands, can cause dizziness and lightheadedness due to the shift in blood flow as well as the rush of hormones from the endocrine glands. This is because the head is held higher than your heart, which increases pressure on your carotid artery. The rush of hormones also causes blood vessels to dilate so that more blood reaches your brain (you might notice this when you’re turned on). When you combine these two factors together, you get an increased amount of blood flowing through your brain without enough oxygen being distributed throughout it. This can result in dizziness or lightheadedness–and if you’re pregnant, it could also put extra strain on your already-stressed body.
Inversions can also put pressure on your pelvic floor muscles (which support organs and help control urine flow), so I don’t recommend doing them at all during pregnancy if possible!
Inversions can also put pressure on the pelvic floor which isn’t ideal for a growing pregnant belly.
If you’re pregnant and are considering doing inversions, it’s important to understand the risks. Inversions can also put pressure on the pelvic floor which isn’t ideal for a growing pregnant belly. A pelvic floor is a group of muscles that support your uterus and bladder. It can be stretched and weakened during pregnancy and can be damaged during childbirth by an episiotomy or tearing. Pregnant women are more likely to have problems with urination after labour because of these issues:
● Weakness in the pelvic floor
● Straining while going to pee (which causes tension in this muscle)
These symptoms are called urinary incontinence, but they don’t always happen right away after giving birth—sometimes they happen years later! To help avoid incontinence when you go from being pregnant to being postpartum (after delivery), it’s important that you maintain good posture throughout your pregnancy so that your pelvis doesn’t sag too much—this will make it easier for things like urine flow into their proper places.
Talk to your yoga doctor about doing yoga inversions while pregnant
If you are already doing yoga inversions, continue them as long as they feel comfortable and safe. If they don’t feel comfortable or safe, stop immediately and talk with your doctor.
If you have any complications during your pregnancy (such as bleeding or premature labour), speak with your doctor before continuing any exercises that involve being upside down.
Make sure to tell the instructor of any class that includes yoga inversions that you are pregnant—and ask if there is anything else that can be modified for safety’s sake.
Inversions are not recommended for pregnant women, but if you have a medical condition that complicates your pregnancy then talk to your doctor before doing any inversion poses. Prevention is always better than cure.
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