Many women who are experiencing fertility issues that may be preventing them from becoming pregnant have turned to yoga. You may wonder if yoga is really beneficial and why it helps women who have had problems conceiving either naturally or with IVF. Yoga is known for its ability to reduce stress and anxiety; however it also offers other benefits that can make getting pregnant a little easier.

Certain types of yoga poses increase blood circulation to reproductive organs and the focus on breathing deeply, rhythmically and calmly ensures healthy blood flow throughout the body (all systems are connected). The way we breathe and engage the core muscles in yoga also helps strengthen the pelvic floor muscles, which can become dysfunctional in certain types of fertility-related issues (in some cases they may be too strong/engaged). Ultimately, yoga and breath work help bring awareness to this area. Yoga is also beneficial in balancing hormones. We all experience frustration, stress and anger in our lives, which results in an increase in cortisol, adrenaline and other stress hormones. This chemical response can make conception more difficult but yoga triggers the parasympathetic (“rest and digest”) nervous system, which calms the stress response. (This can be especially helpful during the IVF process, which is highly stressful and emotional.) Studies have also shown that yoga can help manage pain, ease vaginal delivery and improve birth outcomes once you do get pregnant.

Practicing yoga has numerous physical, mental and emotional benefits that may be able to enhance fertility and improve the chances of becoming pregnant. It’s a wonderful tool to have at your disposal no matter what. Learn more about yoga and how it could be beneficial for you by contacting Janet Lee at Vitality Holistic Medicine today.