When does it become unsafe to lie on your back?

This is highly individual and some women lie on their backs throughout their entire pregnancy with no problems. However, in your second and third trimesters, your growing uterus can slow the circulation in your legs by compressing the inferior vena cava (the large vein that returns blood from the lower half of the body to the heart) and the pelvic veins. Lying flat on your back can make this problem worse – by slowing your heart rate; causing your blood pressure to drop, resulting in feeling anxious, dizzy, and nauseas. In yoga, if this is an issue, we encourage women to lay on their side, rather than their back.

2017-09-06T16:09:04+00:00 By |

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Allannah has been a Certified Yoga Teacher since 2006, a Certified Yoga Therapist since 2015, and has been practicing Yoga since 1999. She specializes in yoga for women. Her greatest expertise is in Yoga for Fertility, Prenatal Yoga, Postnatal Yoga, Yoga for Endometriosis and Therapeutic Yoga. Allannah brings to her teaching over 15 years of personal study in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been proudly mentored by Yoga Australia Director and former Australian Institute of Yoga Therapy President, Leigh Blashki, since 2005. Allannah's formal study as a Yoga Teacher & Yoga Therapist was at one of only two Australian Government accredited courses in Australia.