Continue practising prenatal yoga poses regularly to stay flexible and fit throughout your pregnancy. Do remember that during pregnancy, a woman’s centre of gravity being shifted can affect your balance. Besides, due to the hormone Relaxin which is released during pregnancy, a woman’s joints and ligaments are more at the risk of an injury. Hence, practice the poses slowly and mindfully. Lastly listen to your body – you should feel comfortable and safe while doing the poses.
In the last of our 4-part series on prenatal Yoga, we will show you the Downward Dog pose (Adhomukh svanasana).
Do get a go ahead from your doctor before you start exercising. Each of these poses should be done gently and slowly, gradually allowing your body to open up. Keep sipping water throughout at regular intervals to stay hydrated. Eat a fruit about an hour before you start.
Downward Dog pose (Adhomukh svanasana)
This pose can be safely done in second and third trimesters.
If you feel dizzy or have difficulty breathing, slowly come out of the pose and rest.
Do not do this pose if you have high or low blood pressure
On days you are feeling queasy or have reflux, avoid doing this pose.
Do remember to relax your muscles and restore your resting heart rate and breathing rhythm at the end of each prenatal yoga session. Listen to your own breathing pattern, pay close attention to sensations, thoughts and emotions. Use this time to completely let go and bond with your baby.
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