Stress and Pregnancy: How To Cope

Many pregnant women are under stress. Coping with stress in pregnancy is important to improve pregnancy outcome. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Spinal Movements in Table Top Position

This series of stretches is a great way to begin your practice and create length and motion in your spine. The movements can help you to warm your body in preparation for deeper stretching, and to become aware of your breath. ... read more »

Meditation: A Magic Wand Against Stress

Being a parent can be stressful! There are constant demands on your time, finances, energy and attention. From sleepless nights with your crying baby, to arguments with a stroppy teen, it just keeps on coming. Stress is bad for you as a parent and it’s bad for your child. ... read more »

Mindfulness Training Might Ease Loneliness of IVF Emotional Roller Coaster

A British researcher thinks mindfulness training might prove instrumental in easing the loneliness and emotional stress associated with IVF. ... read more »

Childbirth: Aromatherapy for Pain Management

One of the alternative techniques you can use for the management of pain during labor is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be a great way to reduce the amount of stress you're experiencing. ... read more »

Saunas During Pregnancy

The National Institutes of Health recommends that pregnant women limit sauna use during pregnancy. Increasing body temperature above 100 degrees can increase the risk of fetal complications. ... read more »

How to Deal with Irregular Periods in 12 Steps

Irregular periods can signify an impediment to getting pregnant. Follow our 12-step program to deal with this problem: ... read more »

How Safe is a Massage During Pregnancy?

Pregnancy and trying to conceive can be a very stressful time. Most physicians will recommend prenatal massages for women who are stressed and need to relax. ... read more »

Solutions For Improved Fertility: Give Up Stress and Self-Induced Pressure

Stress plays a huge effect on people's overall health. Besides that, it has been proven that a woman's stress levels can play a big role in conceiving a child as well as in the development of the child if she is already pregnant. ... read more »

How Acupuncture Enhances ART

Men and women undergoing assisted reproductive therapies (ART) may find that acupuncture enhances the effort. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga: Seated Wide-Legged Forward Fold

The seated wide-legged forward fold opens the hips, and stretches the back and thighs. The supported (restorative) version, is less intense than a regular wide-legged forward fold, and allows pregnant women to do the pose without having to hold up their back. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga - Reclined Bound Angle Pose

Reclined bound angle pose is a restorative version of the bound angle pose. The benefits of the pose include hip and chest opening, low back release, and relaxation. ... read more »

Yoga for Fertility

Yoga, a practice of mind-body awareness and integration, is praised for its stress relieving and natural healing benefits. In recent years, yoga has come to be accepted by many doctors as an ideal form of exercise and relaxation for women during pregnancy. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Final Resting Pose (Savasana)

Final resting pose (corpse pose) is the ultimate relaxation pose ' lying flat on your back, with or without props, to ensure maximum comfort. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Ujjayi Pranayama

Ujjayi Pranayama (Ocean Sounding or Victorious Breath) breath is commonly used throughout yoga classes and practices. It is used to calm the body and mind, heat the body internally to permit fluid movement and stretching, as well as provide a meditational focal point during the practice for you and those around you. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)

Warrior I is a strengthening, stretching, and even a bit of a balancing pose, that can inspire confidence and power in its practitioner. Practice Warrior I after warming up your body, during the higher intensity portion of your yoga workout.   ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Downward facing dog is frequently used in a yoga class as a resting or transitional pose in which to hold and breathe. It strengthens the arms back and shoulders, lengthens the spine and stretches the backs of the legs. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Cobbler’s Pose (Baddha Konasana)

This version of cobbler's pose is different from its restorativecounterpart as it is done from a seated, not reclined, position. ... read more »

Prenatal Pregnancy Yoga Guide

Prenatal Yoga is an ideal form of exercise for women during pregnancy because it includes strengthening, stretching, relaxation, and breathing practice, and can be easily adapted for each trimester. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Warrior II, like Warrior I, is a challenging all-over body strengthener used in prenatal and non-prenatal yoga. Warrior II is also a deep hip and upper body opener and has been said to alleviate backaches during pregnancy to increase fertility.  ... read more »

Restorative Yoga

Restorative yoga, which consists of supported relaxation postures held for a prolonged period of time, provides the body and mind with a designated time for healing, rest, and integration. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - What Is It?

Prenatal yoga is a physical activity that can be everything from strengthening and stretching to relaxing and meditative. ... read more »

New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Fertility: Get Your Body Ready for Pregnancy

Before getting pregnant there are some major changes that need to take place in order to get your body into shape for the baby. Fertility is a tricky thing, but it is easier if you are able to do a few simple tasks yourself. ... read more »

How to Reduce Stress at Work While Pregnant

Stress is part of work and home life. There is no way to avoid stress altogether, but there are ways of minimizing stress and the effect of stress on pregnancy, especially in a work setting. ... read more »

Breathing Practice – Nadi Shodhana (Channel Purifying Breath)

Nadi Shodhana (nah-deeh show-dah-nuh) is a yoga breathing practice which relaxes the body and mind and is said to balance the sides of the brain and purify the energy channels of the body. It is safe for pregnant women and women trying to conceive. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Chair Pose (Utkatasana)

Chair pose is a challenging leg and back strengthening pose. As its name indicates, the position of the practitioner is like that of sitting in a chair. In early pregnancy this pose is excellent for strengthening the legs in preparation for the extra weight they will soon need to carry. ... read more »

Turn to Yoga During Pregnancy for Less Stress, Healthier Mom and Baby

Pregnancy can be one of the most joy-filled stages of life but many women are too stressed out to enjoy it to its fullest. Many doctors suggest yoga to their anxiety-ridden pregnant patients. ... read more »

Introduction to Prenatal Yoga

At the very foundation of yoga practice are some truly transformative and sometimes even life changing techniques that can help people maximize your physical and mental health, and reduce stress. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga - Mountain Pose (Tadasana)

Mountain pose is a foundational yoga pose great for centering, balancing, aligning, and strengthening your body. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Hip-opening Squat (Malasana)

Use this hip-opening squat during your pregnancy to release tension throughout the hips, lower back, and ankles. The pose can be an intense opener, or also more of a passive one, supported by props underneath your seat. ... read more »

Cell Aging Linked to Stress During Pregnancy

Children born to women experiencing extreme trauma or traumatic life changes during pregnancy are affected on a cellular level. ... read more »

Mother’s Day for Women Trying to Conceive

Mother's Day is supposed to be a happy celebration of life and dedication. For women who have been trying to conceive, however, the day can feel more like a smack in the face than a celebration. ... read more »

Stillbirth Risk Increases with Stressful Pregnancy

The impact of stress on health and well-being is widely reported in medical literature. Information collected from the National Institutes of Health suggests stress may be to blame for stillbirth. ... read more »

Restorative Yoga – Legs Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani)

Leg's Up the Wall Pose (Viparita Karani) in restorative yoga is known in yoga as an 'inversion,' or upside-down pose where your heart is above your head. ... read more »

How Teacher Stress Affects Your Child

Teachers play a huge role in our children’s lives. While most parents are painfully aware that their own stress affects their child, they rarely consider the effects if teachers’ stress.  From the age of 5 to 18 children spend about 1000 hours, each year, in school. ... read more »

2008-8: Stress in Pregnancy Linked to Schizophrenia in Child

Pregnancy is quite a crucial time for mother as well as growing baby. It's well known fact that mothers during this time should be taken well care of, physically as well mentally, for if this is not done, it can adversely affect the health of the unborn child. ... read more »

Combating Worry: A Guide for Parents

Many parents describe feeling overwhelmed with a sense of worry. Left unchecked this can lead to sleep disturbance, depression, lack of focus, health and relationship problems and seriously affect your bonding with your child. ... read more »

Prenatal/Restorative Yoga - Child’s Pose (Garbhasana)

Child's pose (garbhasana) is a great hip opener and spine lengthener. It can be very relaxing and grounding ... read more »

What do I Need to Practice Yoga?

All you need to practice yoga is a little bit of floor space and a little bit of time. ... read more »

Do I Need to be Flexible To Do Yoga?

Anyone can do yoga whether they are flexible or not. The most important thing about practicing yoga is that it feels good for your individual body. ... read more »

Is Yoga Safe For my Baby?

Yoga is absolutely safe for your baby. While yoga in general can range from a gentle relaxation to a rigorous heart-pumping work out, prenatal yoga is specifically designed to feel good for mother and not harm growing baby.  ... read more »

Breath and Breathing

Breath is the most important element of a yoga practice. It allows us to move deeper into a pose, get through a difficult one, and move gracefully from one pose to another. Our breath can have this same guiding and transformative power in our daily lives. ... read more »

Prenatal Yoga – Cat/Cow Stretches

The cat/cow stretches are perfect for warming up the body and creating length and mobility in the spine. The poses can be used on their own to alleviate back strain or pain, as well as in preparation for a yoga posture (asana) practice.   ... read more »

Stressed During Pregnancy? Try Yoga.

When you are stressed, your body automatically adjusts itself to handle the stressful environment. Our bodies do this instinctively, because thousands of years ago, stress usually did imply that we were in immediate danger of death. ... read more »

Ten Tips To Reduce Stress During the Postpartum Period

Ask for what you need. This is often difficult for new parents, but if friends and family offer to help, ask them for specific favors. ... read more »

Relax With a Couple’s Only Vacation

There’s nothing worse than booking a vacation getaway to forget the struggles of infertility only to find your cruise, resort or hotel is packed with children. Relieving the stress associated with infertility does not mean immersing yourself in a sea of children. ... read more »

Benefits of Pilates During Pregnancy

Pilates can be a wonderful way to prepare for birth. “A Pilates workout is one of the best ways to get that full body circulation going, particularly around your vital organs where you need it..." ... read more »

In-Water Massage and Pregnancy

Hydrotherapy is not as common as prenatal massage but may be just as effective. While hot water is off the plate for the duration of pregnancy, hydrotherapy may be just what mom-to-be ordered. ... read more »

Smile: Being Happy Leads to a Healthier Pregnancy

When it comes to having the healthiest pregnancy of all, maybe you need to start with a mental check-up and a course of relaxation and smiles. ... read more »

Fertility Spa Treatments for Men

When times get tough and fertility treatments are not working, experts agree stress relief can work wonders to clear the mind and improve chances of conception. Stress is a fertility killer, both mentally and physically. ... read more »

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