Weight IS an explosive
has always been a sensitive issue with many
women. With a pregnant woman it becomes an
even touchier subject. Plenty of changes and
challenges will come your way, especially
for your partner, and weight gain is definitely
one of them. Women gain weight during pregnancy
reason why women feel miserable
during pregnancy is because of
the clothes they must wear. Because
nice looking clothes are expensive
many mothers-to-be have few outfits
that they feel comfortable and
look presentable in and so they
wear them out. So, kind words
from the partner go a long way!
• Suddenly all their clothes don't fit. Sometimes
even their feet grow in size so their shoes don't
fit either. Frustrating moments will crop up where
she will burst into tears or become snappy because
she cannot zip up her jeans or the buttons of her
shirt or when stands on the scales.
• Many women dislike what they see in the mirror
- the image is so very contrary to their normal body
image that it shocks them. They are convinced they
look chunky and ugly. The hardest time is the early
months when the pounds pile on but they don't show
as yet. Then things get a little easier during the
second trimester when their pregnancy becomes more
apparent - everyone gets to see and realize that they
have not become fat but are pregnant!
• Ideally weight gain should be in the 25-35
pounds range but the truth for many women is that
their gain exceeds this and they go on to put on as
much as 50 pounds or even more. Losing weight post
pregnancy becomes a tedious affair. All this combined
put many men in a fix. On one hand the woman is supposed
to gain the weight because that would mean the baby
is growing well inside but what is he to do if his
partner keeps growing bigger than the required range?
• First, if you have been practicing yoga prior to
conceiving, you may continue doing so in your first
trimester after getting your doctor’s clearance. (Also,
it is a plus to be familiar enough with your body
to tune in to your limits.) If you are not familiar
with yoga, then you must wait until after you have
crossed into the second trimester, just to play it
• If yours is a high-risk pregnancy, i.e. if you have
to deal with hypertension, preeclampsia, or are at
risk of premature labor, be sure to check with your
ob/gyn before beginning antenatal yoga.
• Accessories you will need are a yoga mat, a chair,
some cushions and a water bottle.
• You will also need to ensure that the exercises
you are doing are suitable for pregnancy. Avoid prolonged
standing and lying on your back for long periods,
jumping into poses, lying on your tummy and all poses
that squeeze/tighten the abdomen.
• After the first trimester avoid poses that involve
prolong periods of lying on your back.
• As with any exercise do yoga movements in moderation
and rest as needed.
• As a novice it is advisable to join a pregnancy
yoga class where you will be taught the basics. Shop
around until you have found the class and teacher
you are comfortable with.
• Even if you are a pro at yoga, it is advisable to
inform your yoga instructor on your condition so that
you are given the appropriate attention and advice.
• Yoga steps can be very gentle while others can be
more akin to a workout. A specific type may suit you
depending on how your pregnancy is going, so make
time to test them before making a decision.