Yoga and conception

November 17, 2018

ivf and yoga

Dr. Santosh Gaur (IVF specialist, INDIRA IVF BANGALORE) explained “In Today’s World, Women are Now More Career Oriented. With their super-skills, they can easily take care of a hefty workload and also look after their family. But, stress and other health problems can put a break on a smooth sailing life. You may not feel it all of a sudden, but slowly you will realize the symptoms are affecting you both physically and mentally. Such the Packed schedules, erratic lifestyles, and the stress can also lead to infertility. In such cases, with stress, Infertility and other Health Issues, yoga is said to be exceptionally helpful.

Embracing yoga is not just exceedingly beneficial for the mind, body, and your soul. But, it can also help fulfill your dreams of becoming a mother very soon.

Bhramari Pranayama or Bee breath

This yoga asana is said to be exemplary in providing relief from the stress, which can affect your fertility. A study conducted by the Fertility and Sterility states that extreme physiological stress can be an important reason behind infertility. This asana also soothes your body and gets rid of the anxiety, worry, and stress. So, when your mind, body, and soul are calm, the chances of pregnancy increase.

To do this asana, sit straight and close your eyes. Now, place your index finger on the cartilage of your ear. Next, take deep breaths and while exhaling, mildly press the cartilage of your ears. Do this asana while making a slight humming noise.

Paschimottanasana or Seated Forward Fold

This asana or exercise is incredibly beneficial for your lower back, hamstrings, and hips. This exceptional yoga position is also said to help vitalize your ovaries and the uterus, and we all know that they are very important when it comes to a successful conception. Also, this asana is also beneficial to enhance your mental well-being.

To do this asana, sit straight, and stretch your legs. Keep your toes flexed towards you and inhale deeply. When you inhale, make sure that you stretch both your arms up, i.e., above your head and when you exhale, bring your arms down, bend forward and touch the sides of your feet with your arm. However, it is important to ensure that your spine is straight during the asana. Your breath must be steady and when you bend forward and touch your feet, hold it for about at least 30 seconds to 2 minutes and start again.


Supta Baddha Konasana or Reclining bound angle

This yoga asana is exceedingly beneficial for your inner thighs and the muscles of the groin. A great stress-buster, this asana is also said to provide relief from the symptoms that come up when you go through the IVF treatment and also helps in relaxing menstrual cramps, bloating.

To do this asana, lie down on your back. You can also make use of a pillow if you must, to rest your neck. Now, bend the knees and the soles must be on the ground. Next, keep your soles firmly placed together on the ground, but slowly let your knees drop open to the sides. Place your hands right next to you, straight and the palms facing up. Stay in this position for at least 10 minutes while you inhale and exhale deeply. To exit this asana, first bring your knees together, turn to a side and slowly rise.

Sarvangasana or Shoulder stand

This asana helps trigger the thyroid gland as thyroid problems can interfere with the release of an egg from your ovary. Also, it helps in  beating  stress and relax.

To do this asana, lie down on your back and stretch your legs. Place your arms on your side and keep the palms open. Now, make sure you slowly raise your leg to form a 90-degree angle. You can ask your partner to help you with this asana in the beginning or take the help of a wall. You must then make use of your palms to lift your waist. Once you reach the 90-degree angle, hold it for a minute and a half and then slowly go down.

Viparita Karani or legs up the wall

This asana is meant to be performed once you have sex as it enhances the chances of conception. It is believed that when you do this asana, the sperm will stay close to the uterus opening; therefore, it can reach the mature egg sooner for the fertilization to take place.

Doing this asana is very simple, just hoist your legs up and place them against the wall, while your back is resting on a flat surface. You can hold this position for about 20 minutes.

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