16 Mar Why is yoga a great ally of fertility?
Yoga is a technique that has been practised for thousands and thousands of years to help couples or women achieve their desired pregnancy.
There is scientific evidence showing the benefits of the practice of yoga in patients seeking pregnancy, such as the reduction of physical tensions and stress. A study published in 2018 by Darbandi and partners showed that the regular practice of yoga in infertile or sterile patients reduces depression and anxiety, improves the time of delivery and reduces complications during childbirth.
As you know, one of the key factors in infertility is stress, a feeling that can greatly affect a woman’s chances of achieving pregnancy, and this is where yoga comes into play, one of the disciplines that pays tribute to relaxation and aims to balance the body and mind through breathing and body movement!
Originally from India, this technique combines relaxation practices and physical exercise that not only helps to restore emotional balance, but also has a physiological effect, improving fertility by increasing blood flow to the reproductive organs, boosting the immune system, reducing muscle tension and pelvic pain, eliminating toxins derived from exogenous medication, reducing the level of hormonal stress and even increasing libido. And let’s not forget the effect yoga practice has on improving mood and positivity!
There is no doubt that when the body and mind are worked at the same level as this discipline, the odds are increased.
Some studies also claim that certain yoga postures are beneficial for relaxing the female reproductive organs, promoting awareness and care of this area, and improving muscle tone and mobility. Thus, practising yoga frequently will help to connect with the most fertile energy.
Different types of yoga to increase fertility
At Reproclinic we want to show you the types of yoga you can practice helping your fertility and which are the different exercises that are not suitable if you want to get pregnant.
- Kripalu Yoga, a very suitable practice to improve the connection between mind and body. Simple exercises, simple postures and deep breathing techniques are part of this type of yoga.
- Hatha yoga is based on slow and much more methodical asanas (postures), to concentrate on posture and relaxation. It focuses on the unification of positive and negative energy through breathing techniques and meditation.
- The most extreme yoga, Bikran yoga, is not recommended for women who want to become pregnant, although it is recommended for those who are at the beginning of pregnancy, helping them to have a much faster body recovery.
As you can see, practicing exercises that encourage slow movements and improve the breathing process will help to improve the internal state and balance the production of hormones, working on hormonal imbalances and reducing stress and tension, favoring physical and mental balance.
Which exercises will help you the most?
- Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, also known as the bridge pose, is an exercise that stretches your back and works your abs. This will tone your pelvic muscles. You will also effectively reduce stress and promote relaxation.
- Adho Mukha, also called downward dog, is known to help relaxation and regulate the hormonal system, two key aspects to increase fertility. Moreover, it is very easy to do! All you have to do is make an inverted V with your body, keep your weight on your heels, open your hands and, with your fingertips, press on the floor. It is important to take a few breaths during this position.
- If you want to increase the blood flow in your reproductive system, we advise you to frequently practice Anjaneyasana or crescent moon pose, an asana that will work the quadriceps and the lower abdomen.
- Baddha Konasana or throne pose, ideal for stimulating the ovaries, toning the pelvis and improving flexibility. It will be a great ally for your fertility!
Fertility benefits of practising yoga with your partner
Stress, routine, and day-to-day obligations can often cause you to lose connection with yourself, but also with your partner.
Yoga, without a doubt, is a discipline that will help you to balance your energies, both with yourself and with others, and for this reason, it is an important tool to help couples who have the hope of starting a family together.
Many studies have shown that practicing yoga as a couple increases trust in both partners, as well as security and patience. Aspects that will strengthen the bond between both partners.
These factors, even if we think they don’t, have a great influence on the fertility of a couple. That is why we not only invite women who want to become mothers to introduce yoga into their lives, but also couples, so that they can accompany them on this beautiful path!
And during pregnancy?
The practice of yoga is also recommended during pregnancy, although depending on the stage of pregnancy, different types of yoga are recommended. The yoga asanas will vary as the pregnancy evolves and according to the abilities of everyone.
In general, it is always important to avoid lumbar and abdominal pressure. During the first months of pregnancy it is advisable to practice yoga that is more focused on breathing and meditation, and on toning the pelvic floor and spine. Hatha yoga is ideal for this stage.
From the 16th to the 32nd week, exercises to connect with the foetus are recommended. During this phase there is significant uterine growth that puts pressure on different parts of the body. It is recommended to perform postures that help to expand the rib cage, reduce diaphragmatic pressure, and relax the pelvis.
In the last weeks of pregnancy, it is advisable to do asanas that focus on breathing and strengthening the pelvic floor with balancing movements and pelvic rotation to prepare for childbirth.
If you need the help of a specialist, put yourself in our hands! We will analyse your case and advise you on the treatments you can take, as well as the complementary therapies and techniques that will help you all the way to fertility. Consult with our professionals and make your first medical appointment!