Women every where can’t argue how great yoga makes them feel. And those trying to increase the chances of getting pregnant always ask me “Can yoga help me get pregnant?” It seems to help get us through everything else and why should getting pregnant be any different? While there isn’t any conclusive evidence that suggests yes, yoga will help a woman conceive, the answer is that it certainly can’t hurt. Here’s why.
Stress. When you’re stressed, hormones like cortisol and epinephrine are released and slow the production of sex hormones. These hormones take over. So if you are trying to get pregnant and feel stress is something you haven’t quite conquered, now is the time to check out your first yoga or meditation class.
Practicing yoga can reduce stress levels in the body and we know this is true, it has been studied and several studies are underway. Did you ever hear about a couple trying to get pregnant, they can’t and then go away on vacation and viola! They’re pregnant! The same release, the peace and the calming effects of vacation can be found through yoga. When you’re less stressed, you could improve your chances of conceiving.
Opt for Hatha yoga classes versus hot, Bikram or Ashtanga. They tend to be faster moving and more demanding on the body. So if you’re new to yoga and just learning the pose names and sequences, you might find a slower paced class more on the stress-reducing level. View more types of yoga if you’re curious to learn more.