Are inversions safe to practice during Pregnancy?
I have been taught that you should NOT do inversions during pregnancy, however, I have also been through pre/post natal trainings that include "Downward Facing Dog" and the Pilates "Elephant" as safe exercises to do throughout pregnancy... Any expert opinions out there?
I would lean toward the side of "safety" with Pilates, Yoga and any other type of inverted training during a pregnacy for yourself and/or a client.
Why choose a risky maneuver..keep it safe during a pregnancy for the sake of the mother and child and do not invite a potential lawsuit.
When in doubt..I would refer this question to an OBGYN.
Wishing You the Best!
Also, the change in blood pressure when inverting can be detrimental during pregnancy, and some inversions which are also backbends can lead to diastasis recti or other ligament tearing.
I would veer toward safety and would not teach free standing inversions to pregnant students/clients. However, anything supported is good for pregnant women. As blood tends to pool around the feet and swelling can be an issue, a supported inversion, with the feet and legs on a wall would be fine. Later stages of pregnancy would require that the lower legs, with knees bent, be place on a chair while the student reclines.
Getting in touch with the client's doctor would be recommended first. If the student is O.K. with it after that, proceed carefully.
I hope that this helps.
Pregnancy is very personal and everyone goes through it differently
Err on the side of extreme caution
Being certified with a "special population" certification is advised along with very detailed release and liability forms from the doctor and client.
In essence there support for the organs is stressed and in an inverted position therefore, not much holding them in. This position in pregnancy can either cause... or contribute to diastasis recti, umbilical hernia, etc.
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Personally, I'd avoid unless working with a trained prenatal specialist.