Yoga literally means ‘connecting’ and during a pregnancy you not only connect body, mind and breathing, you also promote the connection with yourself and the new child.
Your baby is already aware of your movements, thoughts, emotions and especially during yoga, you are also very aware of this and you provide a quiet basis for your child.
Yin Yoga is also good to practice during pregnancy and can be practiced until shortly before delivery, especially the calming postures have a relaxing effect. Some attitudes require caution because pregnancy hormone makes your connective tissue softer. Because of this hormone, the ligaments around your joints become looser and more flexible. It is therefore better to do the stretches during the postures less deeply and give a lot of support with bolsters and / or cushions.
After about 20 weeks it can be unpleasant to lie on your back for a long time. You can absorb this by supporting yourself with a pregnancy pillow on your side. This is also an posture in which many women receive their contractions.
Seal / Sphinx can be done with a pillow under your hips, in order to provide space for your stomach. It is claimed that a Spinal twist would not be good for the blood supply to your child and that you could even have a miscarriage. The opinions about it are very divided, generally nothing could happen to your child.
So do not be afraid that you can get a miscarriage by making a twist. For example, you can use cushions under your knees for the spinal twist. This makes the posture less intense and you still have the nice feeling of the twist. Further in your pregnancy you will notice that with your daily movements your belly sometimes really gets in the way. You automatically take this into account. Listening to your body is still the most important thing! Enjoy the time you take to be with your future child and feel the connection.
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