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Benefits of Practicing Pranayama during Pregnancy


Pranayama or deep breathing exercise can provide a lot of health benefits during pregnancy. But, it is a must to practice it under the supervision of a certified yoga trainer and after consulting an obstetrician. Breathing techniques like Bhastrika and Kapalabhati should be avoided.

You are pregnant – you are the sole provider for your baby. You breathe in oxygen properly, your baby gets the same, and to get the toxic carbon dioxide off your and your baby’s body, you have to exhale properly. Pranayama, also known as yogic breathing or controlled deep breathing, teaches you how to breathe correctly. “Prana” means energy in Sanskrit and “ayama” means distribution of energy.  This correct balance of inhaled oxygen and exhaled carbon dioxide makes your lungs stronger and blood purer – and thus takes care of your baby’s health. The benefits of practicing Pranayama are discussed below.

Pranayama Helps in Mind Relaxation

Pranayama improves your breathing and the correct amount of oxygen supplied energizes the body cells to function properly, which ultimately releases stress from the heart muscle, calms down the brain, and relaxes the mind. Pranayama wards off unnecessary thoughts from your brain; it promotes positive emotional health and self-control; it keeps you away from mental stress, depression, and tension; and also it deals with mood swings, frustration, irritation, and anger.

Pranayama Helps in Concentration and Focus

While doing Pranayama, you need to be aware of the inhaling and exhaling of your breath, thus pumping in and out of your lungs in a defined ratio that you need to focus on. This automatically cuts down your involvement with the rest of the world when you are performing Pranayama, thus helping in increasing the focusing power of the concentration of the brain. You can give special time for yourself and your baby while performing Pranayama, and focus more on your mind and body, which helps you relax and distress during pregnancy.

Pranayama Helps in Positivity in Body

Balanced breathing by performing Pranayama brings positivity in your mind and body. The benefits of Pranayama does not focus on only one part of the body, it gives a positive effect on the whole body. Pranayama techniques enhance the performance of pituitary gland, which is the master of all glands. This helps in balancing your body and mind, and gives a pleasant feeling right from the beginning of the day, which is much needed during pregnancy.

Pranayama Helps in Optimizing Oxygen Flow

Your body is supplied with oxygen, which helps your baby to grow. Pranayama optimizes the flow of oxygen in your and your baby’s body. It improves overall health as every body part of yours and your baby’s get more oxygen and energy. At the same time, during exhalation technique, your body expels the toxins automatically. The resistance power of your body and your baby’s body gets enhanced by the energized cells, which thus increases the immunity and helps fight with diseases. This is a very important benefit Pranayama offers to pregnant women.

Pranayama Helps in Childbirth

You must practice Pranayama to experience a trouble-free, smooth childbirth. Pranayama teaches you to stay calm, happy, and peaceful, which is very necessary to restrict the adrenaline that is produced due to fear and to produce oxytocin that helps labour progress. Pranayama helps you to relax and open up during labour, thus helping in hassle-free and painless childbirth.

Precautions to Keep in Mind

Consult your doctor if according to your health conditions, Pranayama is advisable or not. Speak to the instructor for the Pranayama techniques recommended only for you. You must practice Pranayama under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor, and not just by following books, CDs, etc. Listen to your body and do not do anything out of the limit; keep it smooth, slow, and steady; if you feel unwell, stop immediately. In most cases, Pranayama has been very helpful for pregnant women, and hopefully it will prove to be the same for you.

You must also make a note that some Pranayama techniques are not safe to be practised during pregnancy. They include Pranayama techniques like Bhastrika and Kapalabhati. If you want to practice Pranayama during pregnancy, make sure that you practice it after consulting your obstetrician and under the supervision of a certified yoga trainer.

Is it safe to do Pranayama during pregnancy? Why is it not safe to practice Bhastrika and Kapalabhati during pregnancy? What are the benefits of practising Pranayama during pregnancy? Discuss here.

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