Is hot yoga during pregnancy safe?

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You may know about the benefits of practising yoga while pregnant. It is a low impact work-out that is ideal for pregnant women. But what about doing Bikram yoga while pregnant?

yogaYou may know about the benefits of practicing yoga while pregnant. It is a low impact work-out that is ideal for pregnant women. There are also many yoga classes tailored especially for keeping you fit while pregnant. But what about doing hot yoga during pregnancy?

Is hot yoga during pregnancy a good combination?

During a session of hot yoga, knows as Bikram yoga, the room is heated to around 40 degrees Celsius and the humidity is around 40%. The heat is supposed to enhance flexibility, weight loss and endurance. A work-out can last up to 90 minutes, depending on skill level.

Pregnancy is a time when your body goes through a lot of changes. It’s only normal since a baby is developing inside your womb. If you are planning to do Bikram yoga then you should consider the risks to you and your baby.

Possible risks of hot yoga during pregnancy

  • The biggest risk is overheating. Studies show that overheating while pregnant can be very risky for the baby. In the first trimester, all the organs are forming, a process that can be affected by heat. Also, the baby’s brain development can be affected by the heat at any time during pregnancy.
  • You can experience health issues while doing Bikram yoga. As your body is changing, you’ll be more prone to dizziness. Also, during pregnancy, your core temperature is a bit more elevated. Standing in a hot room is usually unbearable for a pregnant woman.
  • Dehydration can be a cause for concern.
  • The postures themselves may not be suitable or can be difficult to achieve.

Find out if there is a safe way to practice hot yoga during pregnancy on the next page…

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