The first trimester of pregnancy is defined as the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
During this time the fetus is implanting itself into the uterus. As a result, this is a very delicate time for both the fetus and for you. There are lots of hormones doing their job to secure the fetus into place and to make your body and the baby’s environment a safe and sustainable one.
The enormous changes your body is going through may not be visible but you will feel them. You might feel nausea and you will certainly feel tired.
This is a time to allow yourself to rest while your body does its work.
Can yoga help you at all during these first 12 weeks?
The wonderful Libby Stevenson, Certified Pregnancy & Postnatal Yoga Teacher, Yoga Alliance Registered thinks it can and recommends the following yoga techniques for your first trimester.
- Breathing techniques such as Alternate Nostril Breathing and Meditation to help you connect with your breath
- Poses such as Legs Up the Wall & Savasana Corpse Pose will hopefully help you to relax
- Focus poses such as Mountain Pose & Tree pose are great – just make sure you bring awareness to the posture
- Rotate your wrists and ankles in one direction and then reverse it as this can help some common pregnancy ailments such as carpal tunnel syndrome and swelling of the feet and ankles
- Standing barefoot lift your toes, spread them and lower one toe at a time as stretching and strengthening the arches of the feet can help to avoid that pregnancy waddle!
Libby also adds that it’s advisable to avoid any active asanas during the first trimester.
Delighted to announce that Libby will be joining us at BeingFest – www.beingfest.com so you can pick her brains on all things yoga in person in October. Check out the full Speaker List & Timed Agenda.