The human body generates its own heat and maintaining a normal body temperature is very important to the normal processes and metabolic processes that our body performs to keep us healthy.

The hot humid environment of Bikram yoga or hot yoga can present a significant risk to any exerciser and the risks rise even higher for pregnant women. Even if you are used to practicing in the heated room when you are not pregnant, it is very important that your body is able to cool itself and regulate a normal body temperature. The heat of a hot yoga room doesn’t allow one’s body to regulate temperature.

There are significant health concerns for the expectant mother and her growing baby:

1.    Dehydration

2.    An inability to cool the body

3.    Elevation of the core body temperature-hyperthermia, causing fetal stress

4.    Decreased blood volume caused by dehydration-less blood supply can cause less oxygen to the uterus and to the baby

5.    Enhanced flexibility from the heat and the hormone Relaxin increase chances of injury from over-stretching

6.    Contra-indicated poses like lying on the belly or supine-lying on the back

7.    Overheating has been shown to cause neural tube defects.

Practicing yoga during pregnancy has been proven to be beneficial to both mom and baby, so make sure you practice in a safe and cool environment. Find a class and a teacher who specializes in prenatal yoga and has training in prenatal yoga. Try Yoga Alliance to find a Registered Prenatal Yoga Teacher. You can also practice at home. But before you start any new exercise program be sure to check with your health care provider and get the OK to practice.

Prenatal Yoga in San Diego:

Are you from Vista, Carlsbad, San Marcos, Oceanside? Prenatal Yoga classes twice a week at Babies In Bloom 1988 Hacienda Drive, Vista, CA 92081

Live in Escondido, Poway, Rancho Bernardo? Prenatal Yoga at Pomerado Hospital 15611 Pomerado Road, Poway, CA 92064

This article is not meant to be a prescription for your particular condition. You should consult with your care provider first.

Resources:

Medicine.net: http://www.medicinenet.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=51783

eHow: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4564174_body-cool-itself.html

LiveStrong.com: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4564174_body-cool-itself.html

 Webmd: http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/exercise-during-pregnancy