When it comes to conceiving, you cannot just sit back and relax. You go through several ranges of emotions and wait for the pregnancy kit to show positive lines. Much to your surprise, it doesn’t happen. So, you get stressed, blame yourself, cry, and whine. Does it help? Of course, you may feel whole loads better after a good cry but it won’t do any good in the long run. Stress and anxiety share a negative relationship with fertility. In this time, you need something to hold on to; hope and something to calm you down; yoga.
Fertility yoga is an excellent way to de-stress your mind and body. The stress-relieving yoga exercises have helped several women to de-clutter and even fall pregnant. At WINGS IVF, we believe in providing overall support to infertility problems and yoga is one of our facets.
How does Yoga Affect Fertility?
Many people might still be skeptical about trying yoga. Fertility yoga involves a series of yoga poses that enhance relaxation, increase blood flow to the hips, and accelerate circulation and connection to the pelvic area, abdomen, and heart.
The main motto of fertility yoga is to deal with your stress levels. Stress has a huge impact on your ability to conceive. When you are under stress, the adrenal gland in your body (located above both kidneys) releases adrenaline into your bloodstream. An overload of adrenaline in your system can deny the ovaries and uterus the rich blood flow and oxygen. A scarcity of both can impact your ability to get pregnant. Hence, the yogic exercises focus on managing your stress, providing proper nutrition, building positivity, promoting relaxation, and supporting your fertility.
It has been proved that women who practised yoga and meditation got pregnant faster than those who didn’t. This is because yoga modulates the neuroendocrine system to reduce stress and regulate hormone levels. The proper functioning of hormones benefits the reproductive system.
Which Yoga Exercises Are Good for Fertility?
NadiShodhan Pranayama: The Alternate nostril breathing technique helps calm your mind and body by releasing the accumulated stress. It also helps purify the nadis (subtle energy channels), thus enabling a smooth flow of prana. By de-stressing the mind and body, this pranayama lets you relax, making the body more fertile and approaching the process of conception with a fresh perspective.
Bhramari Pranayama: The Bee breath instantly relieves the body of tension, anger and anxiety. The chances of conception are better with a more relaxed body and mind.
Paschimottanasana: The Seated forward bend stretches the lower back, hamstrings and hips. It also stimulates the uterus and ovaries and can help in conceiving. The level of fertility improves with this pose as it also relieves stress and depression.
Hastapadasana: The Standing forward bend stretches all the muscles of the back and improves the blood supply to the nervous system and pelvic region. It also makes the spine more flexible. This stretch helps relieve stress from the abdomen region.
Janu Shirasana: The One-legged forward bend strengthens the back muscles, which is very useful during pregnancy.
Badhakonasana: The Butterfly pose stretches the inner thighs, groins and knees. It improves the flexibility in the groin and hip region. It is also known to help ensure a smooth delivery if practised regularly till late pregnancy.
ViparitaKarani: This particular pose stretches the back of the neck, front torso and back of the legs. It is also very effective to relieve tired legs and feet. This pose also helps relieve the body of backache and improves the flow of blood to the pelvic region. Relaxing in this posture after coitus increases the chances of conception, even with a decent fertility rate.
Yoga Nidra: Yoga Nidra, literally translated as yogic sleep, helps attain a state of equilibrium in the body and mind. This relaxing pose has the power of uplifting the state of mind and making one more optimistic in their approach. Though this meditative state of sleep does not improve the level of fertility, it certainly puts you at ease and is very useful for couples who wish to start a family.