How Prenatal Yoga Benefits during Pregnancy?

Yoga during pregnancy is important not only for physical but mental well being too. In fact, the incredible benefits of yoga go beyond physical comfort and well-being. When you take pregnancy yoga classes, you open yourself to a fantastic opportunity to know other pregnant women, their experiences, and even become part of a community that you belong to (at this wonderful point of time).

These practise sessions will put you in a positive, supportive environment and help you experience the joy of being with like-minded counterparts. As a would-be-mom, you will be in a better position to get a regular emotional boost. This is important to keep you motivated to continue with Pregnancy Yoga practices.

Prenatal Yoga for the First-Trimester

First and foremost, you should find a Yoga teacher for yourself who is specifically trained in Pregnancy Yoga. Although there aren’t many limits and constraints during this early pregnancy period, it is important that you don’t forget to follow the rules of safe pregnancy exercise.

Some of the most important ones include having a lot of water before, during, and after Yoga sessions. This helps you keep your body hydrated. When you stretch, it is important to breathe deeply and evenly.

In case, you have already been practising yoga for a long time and are expert at performing this art, be prepared for some major modifications in the routine as you proceed with your pregnancy.

Most importantly, it is crucial to listen to your body and trust what it tells you. If you experience any pain or discomfort, stop immediately. It is also important to ask your instructor to make some adjustments or even recommend an alternative pose for you.

Prenatal Yoga for the Second-Trimester

This is the phase when to be-moms experience loose joints. Hence, it is very important to proceed with caution. Strictly avoid retaining a Yoga pose for long. Always sink into the Yoga poses slowly and gradually. This will help you avoid injury. The idea is to perform things slowly and avoid overdoing anything. You should also avoid lying flat on your back during this stage of pregnancy.

Prenatal Yoga for the Third-Trimester

This is the stage where the mother-to-be feels less graceful. This is due to the expanding abdominal area. Hence, you should focus on standing poses with your heel to the wall. You may even take the support of a chair to avoid losing balance.

Comments

Arpita Mittal
Arpita Mittal

Yes, leg cramps are a part of pregnancy. In fact, these are very common. The idea is to make your wife follow some routine stretching exercises. This helps in reducing occurrence of cramps. I would also recommend that your wife adds more calcium to her diet. Folic acid pills are also important. Hope these tips work for you!


Ritika Bansal
Ritika Bansal

Congrats! I want to tell you that pregnancy is not without problems. You need to rake special care that your wife takes pre-natal vitamin regularly. This will make a huge difference. Medically, it has been proved that during pregnancy, the foetus takes away a lot of vitamins from mother’s body. Hence, this lost mineral must be restored back. This will keep her healthy.
Make double sure she eats bananas regularly. Cramps are caused due to lack of potassium in the body. Apart from bananas, carrots are helpful in easing pain. Is your wife taking vegetables in her diet? This is really important. The baby and her own body need a solid diet plan to stay healthy. Vegetables are rich sources of vitamins. Include a lot of cottage cheese, garlic, cabbage, potatoes, spinach, tomatoes, corn, and a variety of other vegetables in her diet. Prepare a weekly plan. Cumin seeds are also a must have. The seeds are rich in vitamin K. It is said that the vitamins are hard to get from other things. Potassium is also vital. The vitamin can be supplemented via including bananas into the diet during pregnancy. I have also heard that magnesium amount should be decreased in daily diet during pregnancy. Have a tall glass of milk daily to get your dose of calcium. Good luck!


Natasha Malhotra1
Natasha Malhotra1

Please don’t worry! The leg cramps during pregnancy are normal. Take out some time and give her a soothing massage. This is very relaxing and helps in alleviating the pain. Keep a pillow under her legs. Always keep them in raised position. This will improve blood circulation and releases pain.


Varsha Dixit
Varsha Dixit

I think you are referring to a Charley horse. This is a condition wherein one doesn’t get adequate potassium. Lack of potassium and low iron levels in the body leads to leg cramps. Banana works as the best remedy under this condition. Try it out and her leg would stop hurting soon.


Neetu Agrawal
Neetu Agrawal

This is very normal. If you are afraid that this may be a serious condition, take her to a doctor. Also take care if she complains about sciatica, or heartburn. Keep tabs on signs and symptoms of haemorrhoids.


Rukhsar
Rukhsar

Leg cramps are one of the common pregnancy symptoms. I suffered from these cramps from 5th month onwards. Pregnancy and baby websites help a lot. Try going through one of the sites and you’ll get a lot of information. They will solve most of your queries. For the rest, consult a doctor. Congrats and good luck!


Anamika
Anamika

The cramps are absolutely normal. At least this is what I heard from the doctors when my wife was pregnant. Have her eat a lot of bananas (not more than two in a day)


Prachi Mathur
Prachi Mathur

The cramps are just a passing phase. This too shall pass!


Neetu Sharma
Neetu Sharma

Your query took me back to my pregnancy days. I really don’t want to remember those days. They were nightmares with a lot of cramps in my leg. They were really bad and I would wake up in the middle of the night. My husband is very cooperative. He used to give me soothing massages and rubs. But the problem didn’t solve. It was all temporary. The pain would bounce back after some time. I spent most of the time in tears. Ask your wife to flex her foot towards the floor. This is similar to standing on tippy toes. This will help her get relief from the pain in no time.


Deepika Sharma
Deepika Sharma

This is nothing! The condition is normal and most probably sciatic pain. However, it usually occurs after 7th month. Many times doctors say that the pain develops due to excess weight gain. Any additional weight other than what is recommended during pregnancy will put pressure on the vital nerve in back (known as sciatic). This is a very common condition among pregnant woman. Many men and women suffer from this problem owing to excess body weight (even when women are not pregnant). Keep her hydrated throughout pregnancy. Have her drink at least 8 glasses of water. Dehydration leads to cramps in the body. Also try placing some pillows or stacked comforters under her legs. Do this while she sleeps.


Jassi
Jassi

Every woman must go through this phase once in a lifetime. I used to get cramps in my calves. These got severe at night. My husband used to wake up and rub them out. I also consulted a doctor about the problem. She said it is a normal thing. She asked me to take about 2 calcium pills every night. They didn’t help! The intensity of pain was less. One of the tricks that worked for me is raising legs. As soon as the cramp started, I used to point my foot up towards the ceiling. This helped in relieving the cramp.


Anami Katiwari
Anami Katiwari

This condition occurs due to lack of water in the body. The condition is very normal for a pregnant woman. Take her for a walk. This is the best exercise during pregnancy. It will offer you some relief from the problem.


Sana Verma
Sana Verma

I suggest you to consult a reputed gynaecologist. She will prescribe you a mild painkiller. It will definitely work.


Natasha Saini
Natasha Saini

This is a serious matter. You must speak to a gynae? She is the best person to suggest some effective therapies!


Somi Chatterjee
Somi Chatterjee

Leg cramps are definitely one of the pregnancy effects. This is definitely normal! I used to get bad ones. They started right when I woke up in the morning. But the Charley Horse in my calf disturbed me a lot. It didn’t allow me to relax throughout the day.


Sanjana Gautam
Sanjana Gautam

Self care is what I would suggest. And this is exactly what I did during pregnancy. You just need to give her regular massage and heat over affected muscles. Also help her stand on cold surface for some time. I also consulted the gynaecologist. She suggested me to get some soothing massages. She also asked me to keep my legs alleviated under pillows.


Monika Bhatt
Monika Bhatt

I’m sure I know about this. This is the same situation my wife faced when she was pregnant last year. The problem arises due to nerve compression of supplying lower extremities owing to enlarged uterus. Some of the most aggravating factors also include poor peripheral circulation, fatigue etc. So don’t worry and ask her to point toes when stretching legs or walking. This will certainly help her get some relief. Also have her drink more milk per day to get adequate calcium.


Shalini
Shalini

The leg cramps usually start during the third trimester. This is completely normal. So don’t freak out. If the situation gets worse while reclining, you may keep some comforters under your leg.


Vandna
Vandna

The condition is just normal. It is originates from pressure of her growing belly exerted on her lower legs. Just elevate her legs while resting. This is good to improve venous blood flow from the lower leg blood vessels.


Diksha
Diksha

I had leg cramps during pregnancy. The doctor told me it was due to potassium deficiency. So give your wife a lot of bananas. She needs to have bananas regularly.


Rashmi
Rashmi

My goodness! The lady is pregnant. Have some mercy upon her guys! Guesses and grandmom’s tricks may harm her baby. I would suggest you to run to doctor without delay. Don’t follow any of the guesses. Understand that any wrong information can be harmful for your wife and the baby. The doctor will give you the best suggestion.


Anmol
Anmol

Do the leg cramps that hurt really bad? Have her lay on her back. Now elevate her leg to a decent height. You may do this via using comforters or pillows. Help her rotate her ankle in circles. This is an exercise usually suggested by doctors to increase blood flow. Believe me, this trick really works!


Richa Sharma
Richa Sharma

Leg cramps are normal. And these are definitely hurting! Your wife must flex her foot as hard as possible once the pain starts. She should bend the foot forward towards her head. This will stretch out the muscle. The exercise will put an end to the cramp. Regular practise will provide relief from lingering pain.


Neeru Bajwa
Neeru Bajwa

Doctors usually say a little low on potassium or calcium leads to leg cramps during pregnancy. Speak to the doctor for supplements.


Preeti
Preeti

Have your wife eat a banana or two daily. This worked for me. And I think your wife gets fine after her dose!


Sakshi
Sakshi

This is definitely Charley horses and RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome). Unfortunately, these are a part of pregnancy. Don’t worry. She's fine. Speak to the doctor for leg cramps. And congrats on the baby!


Simranjit Singh
Simranjit Singh

The cramps are definitely an integral part of pregnancy. You just need to divert your mind to unforgettable moments you would be enjoying with the baby later on. Congrats!


Smriti Kapur
Smriti Kapur

All I would suggest is speak to your doctor and follow his instructions! All the best!


Reema Rao
Reema Rao

Stay calm and don’t do anything. It will go on its own.


Deepti Ghosh
Deepti Ghosh

Pregnancy is not without pain. Try giving some soothing massage to your wife. One of the best exercises is to point toes towards head. This will provide a lot of relief.


Aarushi Goshwami
Aarushi Goshwami

I can really understand the situation. This is similar to charley horses! Even I went through this phase during pregnancy. My lower legs ached a lot. I went to the doctor and asked him what could be the cause and how to prevent them. Sore legs didn’t allow me to walk. My doctor asked me to get some extra calcium. That helped!


Gayatri Rao
Gayatri Rao

My doctor advised me to have calcium supplements regularly throughout pregnancy. So take your wife to a doctor and ask him to prescribe some if it is suitable for your wife’s condition. Usually prenatal vitamins have calcium and overdose may harm the body.


Aashika Nanda
Aashika Nanda

I am pregnant and suffering from the same problem. However, I think that it is wise to bear the situation patiently. I tried a lot of things but nothing really worked.


Sapna Sachdeva
Sapna Sachdeva

You must massage and heat affected muscle area. Also consult a doctor before doing so.


Shweta Sharma
Shweta Sharma

Help your wife point toes when stretching legs. Also make her do this while walking. It is important for her to drink milk in order to avoid calcium deficiency that leads to cramps.


Aarti Verma
Aarti Verma

One of the best things according to me is dipping feet in warm water prior to retiring to the bed. This will certainly ease the pain. It will fade away soon. Hope this helps!


Akshita Soni
Akshita Soni

You are right. The condition occurs usually in the 5th trimester and gets worse when reclining. Don’t take any chance and consult a doctor. Also ask the doctor to prescribe some pain killers.


Sowmya
Sowmya

I immediately visited my doctor who told me that it is due to compression of nerves that supply lower extremities. The condition occurs due to enlarged uterus during pregnancy. Fatigue tends to make the situation even worse. The key is to give some rest and comfort to your wife. Give her soothing massaged to increase peripheral circulation.


Rashmi Upadhayay
Rashmi Upadhayay

All I can say is that leg cramps are perfectly normal. I too suffered from the same situation. My calf muscle and feet ached really bad. The situation was horrifying. As far as I know, the condition has something to do with hormones. Poor blood circulation in the area also leads to the problem. The cramps bothered me during 3rd trimester. It vanished completely the moment the trimester ended.


Natasha Saini
Natasha Saini

Don’t worry too much about the cramps. Give her a good massage. Also ask her to walk or indulge in some light exercises. Actually the problem arises due to inadequate blood circulation caused by inactivity during pregnancy. You need to help her walk and move around house. This will manage the condition and avoid getting worse. Act fast before it hurts bad!


Vinita Aggarwal
Vinita Aggarwal

Has she gained a lot of weight? This may be the reason for leg cramps. Take her for a walk regularly and place several pillows under her legs at night. Also instruct her to elevate them whenever she can during the day.


Rupali Tomar
Rupali Tomar

This is normal. The doctors may not help or recommend any medications. You can try giving her a nice calf run, leg massage and encourage her to indulge in warm baths.


Radha
Radha

This may be sciatic pain. At least this is what I’ve been told during pregnancy. This is a condition that usually occurs after 7th month of pregnancy.


Sanajana Yadav
Sanajana Yadav

The condition is not new! Eat Bananas! This is exactly what I did during pregnancy. Good luck!


Anisha Chaudhary
Anisha Chaudhary

You make her drink lots of water. Bananas are good for her. These things really helped me during pregnancy. All the best!


Megha Rajpoot
Megha Rajpoot

The condition is not abnormal. The pressure of growing belly (which her body is not used to) is exerted on her lower legs. You need to elevate her legs while she rests. This will enhance venous blood arrival from the blood vessels of lower legs.


Jiya Mishra
Jiya Mishra

Is she diabetic? Even if she isn’t, you need to check her sugar levels. Make sure you restrict direct sugar intake because it dehydrates body causing cramping.


Pooja
Pooja

My friend once told me that lack of magnesium causes leg cramps. She was pregnant back then and her doctor made her believe this theory. Magnesium supplements were prescribed to her. Try getting these prescribed from a qualified doctor.


Mandeep Talwar
Mandeep Talwar

When I contacted my doctor, she told me that I am suffering from calcium and potassium muscle contractions which I had no idea about. This is actually a health condition wherein the patient does not have adequate fluid in body system. This leads electrolyte imbalance and finally muscles cramps. Electrolytes are basically minerals such as sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium. These are important for body cells to function normally. Any imbalance may cause muscle cramps. Good luck!


Sneha
Sneha

I used to get real bad cramps when I was pregnant. And the doctor told me it was due to potassium deficiency. Having bananas really helped. Hope this works for your wife too. Congrats on the baby!


Harpreet
Harpreet

Most women get muscles cramps during pregnancy. Calves suffer a lot during this time around. You can simply rub her calves to ease the pain. The major reason is deficiency of calcium in women’s body. The growing baby extracts a lot of calcium from mother. Hence, it becomes important for a pregnant lady to add more amount of calcium in the form of diet and supplements. Consult your gynaecologist about the daily recommended calcium requirement at different stages of pregnancy.


Sonam Sharma
Sonam Sharma

This is absolutely normal. My legs cramped all the time when I was pregnant. I was advised to take some Tums to cure calcium deficiency. Soothing massages by my husband really helped.


Mannat
Mannat

Don’t worry. This is absolutely normal. Just ask her to eat more potassium of rich foods such as potatoes and bananas. When I was pregnant, my gynaecologist recommended taking 1 tylenol at bedtime. My husband used to massage my legs.


Jiya Patel
Jiya Patel

Not having enough water may lead to cramps. Lead an active life, walk daily to allow blood circulation. Also consult a doctor.


Jaspreet Sharma
Jaspreet Sharma

I remember having charlie horses (really bad one) during pregnancy. Doctor told me it was a reaction of body due to lack of potassium. Include bananas in her daily diet. This will really help.


Sonali
Sonali

This is probably normal. Cheer up and give her a massage. You need to do things that keep her happy. She should stay away from stress, strain and depression. These are major trigger points for cramps.


Niharika
Niharika

Don’t worry! There are many things that can go wrong during pregnancy. Many women are suggested bed rest during pregnancy and some are quite lazy to get around and indulge in house work. Prolonged immobility is dangerous for body. The situation can create blood clot in the leg. In case the pain becomes unbearable and accompanies swelling, get in touch with a doctor immediately. You need to rule out signs of thrombocyte in the lower leg. Also keep a close check on her blood pressure.


Aarushi
Aarushi

Indeed leg cramps are very common. Ask your wife to do indulge in routine stretching exercises. These are important to minimize the occurrence of cramps. Including calcium and folic acid pills will definitely help.


Harpreet Sharma
Harpreet Sharma

Leg cramps are a normal condition during pregnancy. My doc told me that these are the most common of all symptoms. Last year, I was pregnant and suffered from severe leg cramps. They started from about 5th month onwards. And then I browsed through some of the sites online and got to know these are normal. You should check out some of the pregnancy sites and know how to deal with different stages and problems related to pregnancy.
Congrats for the baby!


Megha
Megha

My grandmon suggested bananas. I user to have about 2 a day and the cramps stopped bothering me. I’ll recommend the same for your pregnant wife. It is said that deficiency of potassium or calcium usually leads to leg cramps during pregnancy. Bananas are high in potassium. So they may do the trick!


Anisha
Anisha

Is your wife suffering from too much stress or a kind of depression? I have read somewhere that taking too much of stress and being in depression leads to cramps during pregnancy. It is important for women to take a lot of rest and stay away from depression during this phase of their life. You need to lie her down on her left side. This will improve blood circulation to and from legs. Hydration is important. So make sure she has at least 8 glasses of water during the day. Warm baths followed by light massages will help relax her muscles.


Mehak
Mehak

Some studies have revealed that taking a magnesium supplement help ease the pain. This should be taken along with regular prenatal vitamin. In case of your wife, get her checked with a health care provider.


Palak
Palak

Cramps during pregnancy are normal. If your wife is also suffering from redness, tenderness or warmth in her leg, it is definitely a cause of concern. Ask your wife to avoid standing for a long time. Also make sure she doesn’t sit with her legs crossed for long periods of time. In fact, she must stretch her calf muscles regularly during the day and many times before going to bed. Another exercise for relieving cramp is ankle rotation. Also ask her to wiggle toes while sitting. These activities really help. Doctors usually suggest pregnant women to walk as much as possible. So take your wife for a walk in the morning or evening daily without fail.


Tanya
Tanya

I suffered from the same during pregnancy. My doctor prescribed magnesium supplements. These supplements helped me a lot. However, you must speak to your doctor prior to taking any supplements. My doc said taking these supplements was fine.


Palak
Palak

Of course, leg cramps are normal during pregnancy. I got them really bad when I carried my first child. My doctor asked me to relax. She prescribed calcium supplements which I had regularly. And they really helped me with cramps! I really don’t know if the same will work for your wife. I just did what my gynaecologist asked me to. Take your wife to a gynaecologist for a consultation session.


Anjali
Anjali

The pain is normal I guess. But if it is unbearable, you must speak to the doctor.


Aditi
Aditi

Does anyone know about leg cramps during pregnancy? My wife is 6 months pregnant and her leg cramps? Is it normal? Has anyone experienced it? Please help!


Prachi
Prachi

Great pregnancy yoga section! Hatts to your yoga writer! Great articles!


Jaspreet
Jaspreet

Yoga is good to do in pregnancy for relaxation. Apart from yoga may i know some eating habits in last time of pregnancy?


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