Fertility and Yoga
by Elise Bowerman
How Yoga Can Help During Conception
Trying to have a baby can be a fun and romantic time for a couple. However, as time passes the conception process may get dogmatic, forced, and stressful. Difficulty conceiving a child can happen at any time. Just because the first, second, or third conception was a breeze, doesn’t mean the next one is the same. These babies have their own timelines to enter this world. As their parents (even before we’re officially their parents) we need to create a nurturing environment within ourselves along with our surroundings to truly care for this new life.
Yoga can be the perfect place to start! Whether you just decided to start trying, or have been at it for a while, yoga for fertility will support you to invite new life into your body. Most fertility yoga focuses on mom, but there are resources for dad, too.
Yoga for fertility has similar benefits to regular yoga classes, like balancing the autonomic nervous system, riding the body of toxins, and gaining greater flexibility and strength. The big difference is this method uses specific postures, breathing techniques, mudras, and meditations to heal imbalances in the reproductive system and mentally de-stress.
Stressors (physical or mental or emotional) can take a toll on one’s ability to be healthy enough to house a baby. It’s estimated that 30% of infertility issues rest on stress alone. It takes an honest moment to realize there may be too much on your plate while trying to conceive. An outside supporter, like a teacher or healthcare professional, can introduce new ways to reduce stress in your life.
The other focus is balancing the reproductive system. There are yoga poses like, Setu Bandhasana (bridge pose) to enhance stability in this part of the body while alleviating stress. Using energetic qualities of the body through the chakra’s (energy points) will also aid the reproductive system to work as efficiently and effectively as possible.
Sometimes women enjoy attending Prenatal Yoga classes during the conceiving process. It’s like setting the affirmation that baby is already in the womb. On the other hand, it can be disheartening going to Prenatal Yoga while trying to have a baby. Surrounding yourself with group of women sharing their pregnancy stories and their growing bodies can bring up sadness or frustration. Know however you feel is completely okay.
You can even do yoga while using medical interventions to conceive, too! Whether you join regular yoga classes, Prenatal Yoga classes, or specialized yoga for fertility classes – they will all help to de-stress and physically prepare your body for pregnancy.