When to Begin Prenatal Yoga

As with any exercise program, if you’ve never done yoga it’s best to consult your physician or nurse practitioner. Your body is in constant flux during the first three months of pregnancy. The recommended time to begin a prenatal program is after you have completed the first trimester of your pregnancy, or in your fourth month. Research

shows that prenatal problems frequently occur within the first three months of a pregnancy. To err on the side of caution, wait until the beginning of your second trimester to begin a yoga class. Prenatal yoga is different than a regular day-to-day yoga routine.

Consult your doctor before embarking on a prenatal yoga practice, particularly if you are considered high risk or have any health problems.

First:Consult Your Doctor!

It’s true, most doctors don’t practice yoga, and probably know little about prenatal yoga. Their medical specialty is fetal development and your prenatal health as your body advances in pregnancy. Some women are at higher risk for prenatal problems. Those preparing for multiple births or women who have extremely high blood pressure should always consult with a physician before embarking on a prenatal yoga practice. If your doctor has no knowledge of yoga, ask your prenatal yoga instructor if she can supply you with photos or images of the asana to share with your physician.

Note: Be sure to consult your doctor before you exercise or practice prenatal yoga if you have any of the following factors:

¢ Hypertension

¢ Toxemia

¢ Diabetes

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