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Can Power Yoga Negatively Affect Conception and Pregnancy?


There are some recent studies that show gentle yoga may even help with conception by relaxing your body and mind, you may increase your odds of getting pregnant. However, power yoga can negatively affect your chance of conception, so if you are hitting the yoga studio three times a week, you need to find another form of exercise during conception and pregnancy.

A woman's inner core temperature plays a large role in conception and pregnancy. Women who are trying to conceive or are pregnant need to make sure that their temperature doesn't go over 101 degrees Fahrenheit. If you're doing power yoga, the excessive heat and activity can actually cause your body to go into protection mode, which means your periods will be irregular or you won't ovulate at all.

In power yoga, the workout is more intense, and the room is heated to a high temperature to increase flexibility and promote sweating. There is evidence that suggests that high levels of exercise like power yoga can hinder conception because of the endorphins released during the workout. Higher levels of prolactin often called the pregnancy hormone can be released, which interferes with fertility. When women are breastfeeding, they release high levels of prolactin and are usually unable to get pregnant.

If you're already pregnant, you need to pay special attention to your core temperature. A high core temperature can lead to premature labor or miscarriage. The baby's heart rate also increases as the mother's does, so if you're having a heart-pounding power yoga session, you could be putting your baby at risk. Low intensity, gentle exercise three times a week is recommended by physicians, and you should aim for 30 minutes each time.

You should consult your physician before you begin any exercise program. While power yoga isn't considered a healthy option for pregnant women or those who are trying to conceive, there are many other forms of yoga that are considered safe. Your body temperature will increase with any form of exercise, but you need to make sure that it doesn't exceed 101 F. Make sure that you drink plenty of water before you begin your workout, during exercise, and afterwards to prevent dehydration. If at any time during the workout you feel dizzy or nauseous, you need to stop right away. You could be at risk for vaginal bleeding and miscarriage if you push yourself too hard during your pregnancy workout.

 


 
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