I just read a blog post from the Core Power Yoga blog. I’ve been teaching prenatal yoga for 14 years and childbirth education for 20 years. My passion is pregnancy, labor, and birth and prenatal yoga. I do agree with the first sentence of the Core Power blog post that encourages continuing your yoga practice during your pregnancy. Yoga is one of the best ways to keep your body and your mind balanced and feeling healthy and good. But our local Core Power Yoga studios offer only heated yoga and hot yoga. The blog post neglects to inform their readers about the dangers of practicing yoga in a hot or heated room while pregnant. To make a point – DON’T DO HOT YOGA DURING PREGNANCY!
Your body needs to be able to cool itself so that your core temperature does not increase. Raising your core temperature and not being able to cool is basically cooking your baby. Hot yoga is dangerous to the health and safety of your baby especially in your first 28 weeks! You are risking neural tube defects –deformities of the brain and spine.
There are numerous ways pregnant women can experience high core body temperatures:
- High fevers
- Hot tubs
- Electric blankets
- Hot Yoga
Continue to practice yoga during your pregnancy but avoid sources of heat that expose your core body temperature to heat without the ability to cool. So while you are pregnant you should definitely avoid yoga in a heated room, hot yoga, and Bikram yoga up until the 28th week of your pregnancy. At 28 weeks gestation is when the neural tube finishes initial development and closes up.
Other risks of practicing hot yoga during pregnancy:
- High blood pressure
- Low blood pressure
- Ill health
My Free 25 minute prenatal yoga class from Yogadownload.com was voted one of the BEST PRENATAL YOGA VIDEOS ON THE WEB by Healthline. Start with the free class and if you like that, I have more classes at Yogadownload.com:
Prenatal Yoga #1 by Liza Janda
Prenatal Yoga #2 by Liza Janda
Prenatal Vinyasa Flow
Prenatal MeditationPower Prenatal Yoga Classes
YogaDownload.com: Prenatal Yoga 2 led by Liza Janda.
Postnatal Flow led by Liza Janda
Balance Your Pelvis & Position Your Wombmate