Report: Yoga Safe For Pregnant Women
June 04, 2010
According to a recent report issued by the
American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), the benefits of yoga can
considerably outweigh the risks for pregnant women who take part in the
fitness alternative under proper supervision.
"Women who are expecting can benefit greatly from exercise, especially
yoga—they just need to be aware of their limitations," said orthopedic
surgeon Rachel Rohde. "A pregnant woman's body goes through a lot of changes
that will alter the way she practices yoga, whether she is a veteran or a
The AAOS recommends that expectant women consult their personal care
physician before participating in yoga or any other specific fitness
routine. The organization also urges pregnant women to work with a
credentialed yoga instructor and to concentrate more on the breathing
exercises rather than the stretching routines.
Furthermore, Rohde and her colleagues highly recommend that expectant
mothers avoid participating in Bikram or "hot yoga," as it can lead to an
unsafely elevated body temperature.
If executed properly, yoga can safely offer pregnant women an outlet for
exercise while allowing them to practice controlled breathing, the