Yoga and Pregnancy

Yoga appears safe during pregnancy


For many years, midwives and OBs, have recommended yoga as a safe and effective way of staying fit during pregnancy.

Some of the suggested benefits of Yoga include:

  • Stress reduction
  • Helping to improve the strength and endurance of the muscles needed in childbirth
  • Improving symptoms such as headaches, nausea and low back pain
  • Reducing the risk of pregnancy complications such as  high blood pressure and poor fetal growth

Obstetricians and midwives have presumed there was no risk, and recommended Yoga without an objective way of determining its safety. Now, researchers have studied this issue and published their findings in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology. They looked at the mom's vital signs, the baby's fetal heart tones and evidence of uterine contractions, both before and after Yoga sessions, and what they found was reassuring, confirming that Yoga did not harm mother or baby.

One word of caution for those who do Bikram (hot) Yoga. While Yoga may be safe during pregnancy, excessive heat is not. It is probably still a good idea to avoid Bikram Yoga.