Can I do Yoga with Placenta Previa?
If you have been diagnosed with Placenta previa (PP) you may be feeling quite apprehensive but, as pregnancies progress in 90% of cases PP will self rectify with the lower uterine segment growing towards a more optimal position.
Placenta Previa or Accreta occurs in around 1 out of 200 pregnancies, it is a condition where the placenta is located at a lower segment of the uterus rather than the upper end and overlies the opening of the cervix, sometimes referred to as low lying placenta or placenta accreta (complete blockage). The placenta is a vital organ growing within the uterine lining that connects you to your baby, delivering oxygen and nutrients from your body to your baby’s via the umbilical cord whilst also removing waste products from your baby’s body to yours for elimination. As such, we want the placenta to be free of any pressure or restriction.
If you are in the earlier stages of pregnancy with PP your health-care provider may recommend gentle exercise, yoga in this instance would be ideal. If you are in your third trimester it is very likely you will be subscribed complete bed rest, advice which should not be taken lightly as this condition can be very serious. Even if you have been advised to be on complete bed-rest this is a very helpful, restorative breathing technique can be practiced at home while resting or in your yoga class:
Poses you do should be held for a shorter amount of time than usual, there should be less depth in standing poses and a shorter stance should be taken in standing poses i.e. less distance between feet. If you have not been advised to avoid kegel exercises, there should be no strain on the pelvic floor while doing these, reducing weight during kegels such as slightly elevating the pelvis can be very useful.