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Workshop on Pregnancy

Pregnancy, also known as gravidity or gestation, is the time during which one or more offspring develops inside a woman.  A multiple pregnancy involves more than one offspring, such as with twins. Pregnancy can occur by sexual intercourse or assisted reproductive technology. It usually last around 40 weeks (10 lunar months) from the last menstrual period (LMP) and ends in childbirth. This is about 38 weeks after conception. An embryo is the developing offspring during the first 8 weeks following conception, after which, the term fetus is used until birth. Symptom of early pregnancy may include a missed periods, tender breasts, nausea and vomiting, hunger, and frequent urination. Pregnancy may be confirmed with a pregnancy test.

Pregnancy is typically divided into three trimesters. The first trimester is from week one through twelve and includes conception. Conception is followed by the fertilized egg traveling down the fallopian tube and attaching to the inside of the uterus, where it begins to form the fetus and placenta. The first trimester carries the highest risk of miscarriage (natural death of embryo or fetus). The second trimester is from week 13 through 28. Around the middle of the second trimester, movement of the fetus may be felt. At 28 weeks, more than 90% of babies can survive outside of the uterus if provided high-quality medical care. The third trimester is from 29 weeks through 40 weeks.

Prenatal care improves pregnancy outcomes. This may include taking extra folic acid, avoiding drugs and alcohol, regular exercise, blood tests, and regular physical examinations.  Complications of pregnancy may include high blood pressure of pregnancy ,gestational diabetes, iron-deficiency anemia, and severe nausea and vomiting among others. Term pregnancy is 37 weeks to 41 weeks, with early term being 37 and 38 weeks, full term 39 and 40 weeks, and late term 41 weeks. After 41 weeks, it is known as post term. Babies born before 37 weeks are preterm and are at higher risk of health problems such as cerebral palsy.It is recommended that delivery not be artificially started with either labor induction or caesarean section before 39 weeks unless required for other medical reasons.

Symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy

The symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy are those presentations and conditions that result from pregnancy but do not significantly interfere with activities of daily living or pose a threat to the health of the mother or baby. This is in contrast to pregnancy complications. Still, there is often no clear separation between symptoms versus discomforts versus complications, and in some cases the same basic feature can manifest as either a discomfort or a complication depending on the severity. For example, mild nausea may merely be a discomfort (morning sickness), but if severe and with vomiting causing water-electrolyte imbalance it can be classified as a pregnancy complication (hyperemesis gravidarum).

Common symptoms and discomforts of pregnancy include:

  • Constipation
  • Pelvic girdle pain
  • Back pain
  • Braxton Hicks contractions. Occasional, irregular, and often painless contractions that occur several times per day.
  • Edema(swelling). Common complaint in advancing pregnancy. Caused by compression of the inferior vena cava (IVC) and pelvic veins by the uterus leads to increased hydrostatic pressure in lower extremities.
  • Increased urinary frequency. A common complaint referred by the gravida, caused by increased intravascular volume, elevated GFR (glomerular filtration rate), and compression of the bladderby the expanding uterus.
  • Urinary tract infection.
  • Varicose veins. Common complaint caused by relaxation of the venous smooth muscleand increased intravascular pressure.
  • Haemorrhoids(piles) are swollen veins at or inside the anal area, resulting from impaired venous return, straining associated with constipation, or increased intra-abdominal pressure in later pregnancy.
  • Regurgitation, heartburn, and nausea.
  • Striae gravidarum, pregnancy-related stretch marks

Yoga and Pregnancy

A daily practice of yoga postures for 15 – 20 minutes will considerably reduce your complication on pregnancy and may even help you get rid of it.

Your control over complication on pregnancy will let you choose how much you enjoy your life. With a potent shield like yoga, you can experience life in its totality and be carefree. Yoga lets you expand your capabilities and live life to its fullest.

Yoga practice helps develop the body and mind bringing a lot of health benefits yet is not a substitute for medicine. It is important to learn and practice yoga postures under the supervision of a trained Yoga teacher. In case of any medical condition, practice yoga postures after consulting a doctor and Experienced Yoga teacher. Do you need information on courses or share feedback? Write to us.