Pranayama During Pregnancy – Benefits

pranayama duirng pregnancy

When we breathe in we inhale oxygen and when we breathe out we exhale oxygen. Usually we breathe shallow, thus the body does not get sufficient oxygen nor expel carbon dioxide completely. Pranayama teaches us to breathe properly ensuring enough oxygen supply and thus we have more energy.

Benefits of Pranayama in pregnancy

If done correctly Pranayama has multiple benefits during pregnancy:

  • Enhances blood circulation
  • Increases levels of oxygen in the blood
  • Helps remove wastes effectively from the body
  • Learning to breathe deeply during pregnancy helps one during labour. It helps you relax when you need to the most and thus calms you and distracts you from the pain of labour
  • During labour one can get panicky and scared; this causes the body to secrete increased amounts of adrenaline. This can prevent the secretion of oxytocin, the hormone that assists labour. Pranayama can help you fight that urge to panic when you experience the contraction pain.
  • Relaxing also helps you store the energy for when you will need it, during labour

Some techniques of Pranayama (holding breath for too long or contracting the stomach) are best avoided during pregnancy as they make you feel faint, light-hearted and dizzy. So it’s best to confirm with one’s gynaecologist before practising it.

Tips for practising Pranayama during pregnancy:

  • Do it 3-4 hours after a main meal
  • Choose a place which is clean and calm
  • Be comfortable, choose a comfortable posture
  • Do not hold your breath; focus on being aware of how you breathe.
  • Listen to your body, do not over exert. Also if at any point you feel uncomfortable – stop!