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Ratih Ayu Wulandari

Bikram prenatal yoga: keeps me fit and healthy during pregnancies

  • Speaker: Ratih Ayu Wulandari , MD, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 30 Mins
  • Credits: 0.5 CERP, 0.5 ACM CPD, 0.5 ACNM CEU, 0.05 Midwifery CEU

Exercise during pregnancy is a key component to ensuring maximal health status for both mother and baby. Prenatal yoga is an excellent choice for a healthy pregnant woman to prepare herself physically and emotionally during pregnancy, also for labor and birth. Prenatal yoga poses can help to strengthen muscles and relieve pain while breathing techniques and relaxation can help to relieve stress and improve quality of sleep. Bikram yoga is a type of hatha yoga characterized by a set series of postures and breathing exercises, performed in a room heated to a very high temperature, approximately 40.6 degrees Celsius or 105 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes of practices. As a regular bikram yoga practitioner, I can continue my practice during my first and second pregnancies with modification poses of Rajashree pregnancy yoga. With regular practice 3 times per week, it was significantly lowering my placental resistance index. It keeps me fit physically and emotionally throughout pregnancies and also helped me during labor and birth.