If you're uncertain whether you should practice yoga during pregnancy, you can relax. The benefits of yoga are many. Yoga as exercise is a low-impact workout, good for your heart and for your baby.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) gives their okay to pregnant women interested in yoga as exercise. Dr. Rachel Rohde is an orthopaedic surgeon and spokesperson for the AAOS on the matter. The subject of practicing yoga during pregnancy is one she may have personal feelings about as she is pregnant herself. Dr. Rohde speaks highly of the benefits of yoga.
" 'One of the best aspects of yoga is being in control of your body and having the ability to do each movement at your own pace,' said Rohde. 'Poses like "downward dog" that require a lot of pressure on the palm can increase carpal tunnel symptoms by pressing on a major nerve; if you get numbness in your fingers while in one of these positions, move so that the weight is not resting on your hands.' "