The First Trimester – ‘New Beginnings’
The first trimester of a pregnancy are the most challenging in terms of practicing yoga. The body is going through rapid daily changes on the inside, although there is no evidence of this on the outside. As your baby starts to develop and nestle in to the uterus around sixteen weeks, where it will stay until the birth, it changes from a single embryonic cell into a developing fetus. The physical make-up of your growing baby is formed by the end of week nine and by the end of the first trimester it is moving effortlessly around in its ocean of ammonic fluid. During these first weeks, it is vital you listen to your body, letting the wisdom of your body be your guide and respecting any cues your body gives you. Pregnancy is not the time to over exert your-self, by relinquishing any temptations to over achieve, you can learn to surrender, listen to the intelligence of your body and focus on a mindful practice of meditation, pranayama (breathing techniques) and restorative yoga which honors both your changing body and your growing baby.
During pregnancy your body is highly sensitive and naturally more intuitive and it is vital you tune into this sensitivity and intuition; so if something doesn’t feel comfortable in your practice the rule is don’t do it.
Please consult your medical physician before beginning any exercise or Yoga Program.
Here is a 2omin Prenatal Yoga Podcast I have created. It focuses on opening the hips and is ideally suited to the first trimester.