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Yoga When You're Trying To Conceive


Many women begin fitness programs when they are trying to conceive, but can yoga especially help you get pregnant? A recent Harvard study says yes. A researcher at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Alice Domar, performed a study that took women who had been trying to become pregnant for at least a year, and had them take a 10-week exercise program that included yoga and meditation. The results showed that 55 percent of the women in the group became pregnant within the following year.

Doctors aren't sure exactly why yoga so greatly impacts fertility. Some physicians say that strenuous, high impact exercise may actually damage a woman's chance for conceiving, and since yoga is a gentle form of exercise, fertility is never damaged.

Yoga also improves your overall health, including the muscles that surround and support reproductive organs. Circulation is improved, breathing is regulated, and the body becomes calmer. Stress can also hinder conception, and women who are having difficulty conceiving may feel more anxious as they continue to be unsuccessful at getting pregnant. Yoga allows you to relax and can help flush out toxins in your body, making for a meditative state.

A lot of couples do yoga together, as it can strengthen relationships and improve bonding. Also, some couples become agitated as they fail to conceive, and time spent together can become more about getting pregnant than enjoying one another's company. Yoga allows them to take a breather, and connect emotionally.

Before you hit the yoga mat in hopes of increasing your chance of conception, understand that it's not a cure all of fertility problems. While some benefits have been noted, other women notice no increase in fertility whatsoever. However, even if yoga is not your answer to infertility, it can give you some time and space to reflect and find some inner peace in your quest for conception. Rather than obsessing about conceiving, you can focus your energy on relaxation and breathing techniques.

You can easily do yoga in your home buy a book or video, and devote some time each day to gentle stretches and poses. Taking a yoga class is a great way to get motivated and socialize with others, so check into your local community center or yoga studios for the course that's right for you. There are a number of beginner's classes available that will teach you the basics, and you'll begin to realize how you can benefit from the positive physical and mental benefits yoga has to offer.

 


 
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