IS BIKRAM YOGA

SAFE FOR ME DUR­ING PREG­NANCY?

Your Pregnancy - - Excercise -

The prac­tice of yoga is one of the best forms of ex­er­cise for a woman when she is preg­nant. The bal­ance of strength work and stretch­ing, the pace at which the class is done, and the men­tal tran­quil­lity and re­lax­ation that it brings are just a few of the many ben­e­fits, and should be con­tin­ued. Although it is rec­om­mended that you do not start any­thing new in preg­nancy, this is not an ex­treme form of fit­ness, and I be­lieve that this is one form of gen­tle but in­tense ex­er­cise that can be done even if you have never done yoga be­fore you fell preg­nant. How­ever, Bikram yoga is a lit­tle dif­fer­ent as it in­volves ex­er­cis­ing in a room with a tem­per­a­ture of 30°C to 38°C. Preg­nant women are warned to stay away from steam baths and saunas as we know that in­creased core tem­per­a­tures may have an ef­fect on the de­vel­op­ing em­bryo. Many women con­tinue with Bikram yoga as their bod­ies are used to it, but it is bet­ter to avoid it if you are preg­nant and you have never done it be­fore now. Body tem­per­a­ture in­creases as we burn en­ergy re­sources to get fuel for vig­or­ous ac­tiv­ity. The mother’s heat can be trans­ferred across the placenta to the foe­tus. As the foe­tus has no mech­a­nism for get­ting rid of heat, this could lead to po­ten­tial birth de­fects, much more of a con­cern in early preg­nancy than later. Stud­ies in an­i­mals show that tem­per­a­tures higher than 38°C had a high in­ci­dence of neu­ral tube de­fects. Women need to be ad­vised to avoid over­heat­ing, es­pe­cially in the first trimester of preg­nancy when the most vi­tal or­gans and body parts of the foe­tus are be­ing formed.

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