Yoga Exercise During Pregnancy First Trimester

Pregnancy yoga is a physiological milestone, don’t confuse it with a sickness —and surely don’t let the people around you, including your doctor, treat it like one. Do you have to be careful of hydration, meal timings or calcium intake? Yes. But do you have to give up on living your life and make it all about the pregnancy and the growing stomach? No. And this is exactly why a history of staying healthy helps.

The one time when heaps of advice gets loaded on you is during pregnancy yoga. Eat this, don’t eat that. Don’t drink this. Don’t take up that role, etc. Emotionally also, it’s the most vulnerable stage a woman can go through. It’s the one time that you may actually consider every random advice coming your way and worse, implement it. A friend of mine went on doodhi juice, another stopped exercising, and we all know many who quit their careers due to their pregnancy. It’s not the time to start or stop anything, it’s the time to take everything in your stride, to go on. So keep up with eating wholesome food, don’t let some random fool tell you that it has too much carbs or fat or whatever. Wear the clothes you want and don’t limit yourself to mommy’s section or whatever. You are alive, with another life inside you, so if anything, live every moment twice, don’t fret, you are doing just fine.

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Mother Nature has your back. Just like pregnancy yoga gives you a specific shape, albeit a round one, post delivery too, you are in a specific shape. Don’t be in a rush to get rid of it. The extra fat is required for many important tasks such as lactation and protection of both the baby and the mom from infections and illnesses. If you have been doing it right, have a long history of fitness and ate right through the pregnancy, then just like the body grew, it will also shrink back naturally. The key here is patience and compassion. Eating very little, or nothing, in a bid to lose that weight is just silly.

In that sense, I am really fortunate to be surrounded by women who truly care about me. I remember specifically the conversation between me and Rujuta post my delivery when I told her to put me on the Tashan diet. She said no, we have to be careful, compassionate, feed the body well or risk hormonal imbalances later. Lolo was in agreement with Rujuta. She had knocked off some 25 kgs post her second delivery and famously done it eating rice and fish curry, and she in my eyes is the fittest mom out there. And Saif, on his part, told me women are inherently beautiful so they really shouldn’t bother with losing weight, it’s the men who really need to get their act together. Very sweet he is, I know.

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