There are thousands of poses in Yoga and the queen of all asanas is sarvangasana or shoulderstand. This pose is wonderful for women who are trying to get pregnant and those with a regular yoga practice during their first trimester to help prevent miscarriages.
How does this one pose, shoulderstand do all of that? During fertility and Pregnancy the importance of the Thyroid gland cannot be overstated. The thyroid hormones are critical for the development of the fetal and neonatal brain. A deficiency in the secretions of the thyroid gland can result in miscarriage. It is key during the first three months of pregnancy to practice yoga poses that support a healthy thyroid gland.
Benefits of Shoulderstand:
Tones and revitalizes the thyroid and parathyroid glandsImproves blood supply to spinal nervesRelieves the pain of varicose veinsBalances metabolism of literally every cell in the bodyStretches away any stress held in the neck and shouldersHelps to relieve mental sluggishness and promotes clearer thinking
For women who had a yoga practice prior to pregnancy, can enjoy practicing shoulderstand up until the fifth month of pregnancy. For women who haven't practiced yoga before, it is advised to practice shoulderstand against a wall or the alternative, legs up the wall. No new exercises or sudden movements should be introduced during the first trimester as this is the implementation stage of the fetus. A trainedprenatal yoga instructorcan help guide you into what is safe for you.