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YogaPulse™ & Pregnancy
By Anastasia

Every woman wants to have a healthy baby. YogaPulse™, when practiced with care, can make a woman's body stronger and more flexible. YogaPulse™ positions tone your muscles, improving the overall balance and circulation, while making your joints more limber.

YogaPulse™ poses help you breathe and relax, which can help you adjust to the physical demands of labor, birth, and motherhood. Learning how to do yogic breathing primes you for labor and childbirth by training you to stay calm when you need it most. If you are afraid during labor, the body produces adrenalin and shuts down the production of oxytocin, a hormone that makes labor progress. YogaPulse™ practice will help you fight the urge to tighten up when you feel the pain, and show you how to breathe instead.

The practice of meditation is extremely beneficial for you and your baby. It has been proven to slow down your heart rate, relax and focus your mind - all great for the baby.

As a general rule, avoid extreme back-bending poses, such as full wheel, as well as extreme forward bending positions or deep twists. Place your legs apart for seated forward bend. Avoid arm-balancing positions, as they tend to cut the blood flow to the uterus. Drink water during your YogaPulse™ practice and feel free to snack as well, if needed.

If you never practiced inverted poses before, now is not the time to start. However, if you have a practice of inversions, you may carefully continue for the first two trimesters. Don't hold the poses for too long.

You may want to skip any movements that require you to lie flat on your back for longer than a few minutes, especially after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Lying on your back can put pressure on your inferior vena cava, the vein that returns blood from the legs to the heart, and can cause dizziness, shortness of breath, and nausea. But many women are comfortable lying in this position well into their pregnancies, so watch your body and your instincts.

First trimester
You don't have many restrictions this early in your pregnancy. If you're a regular YogaPulse™ practitioner, accept that your routine will require modifications as time goes on. Listen to your body.

Second trimester
Don't try to hold poses for a long time, and remember to sink into YogaPulse™ positions slowly and carefully to avoid injury, because of your loosening joints. Your expanding belly will affect your sense of balance. In standing poses, if you find it challenging to look up, don't. Look at the floor instead.

Third trimester
You're probably feeling less graceful now that your belly is bigger, so perform standing poses with your heel to the wall to avoid losing your balance and risking injury to you or your baby. Props such as blocks and straps can also help you move through different poses with greater stability.