Yoga Poses For Pregnancy First Trimester

Thankfully, the stuff that is good for you during pregnancy and protects your gut environment is easy-peasy, it’s like goddess Annapoorna is smiling thoda extra at you nowadays. But it’s not just you that she wants to feed—she also wants to feed the tiny little micro-organisms that live within you. Who would know better than her that when these micro-organisms are well fed, they keep checks and balances on the growth of harmful bacteria within you and allow diverse groups of friendly bacteria to not just survive but thrive.

The relationship between you and this microbiome or microbiota (the entire community of these live micro-organisms within us) helps regulate the appetite, prevents constipation, vaginal infections, helps boost the immune system, produces vitamins like B12 and carries out multiple essential functions for the body.

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It’s easy to eat like this when you think in terms of regional, seasonal and genetically compliant recipes. One of the challenges of writing this book was to cater to the vast, diverse population that we are. Just dal-rice will have a thousand variants, so will dahi-rice; if at one place it is with tadka of til, then at another it is with aloo chokha. What you must remember is that all these are good combinations for the microbiome, ones that have the right combinations of resistant starches (RS) and short chain fatty acids (SCFA) to nurture, satiate not just the human host but the micro-organisms too.

And all this long before the term prebiotic or probiotic was even coined. So do yourself a favour and relish this wisdom in its true essence. It’s important to remember that English doesn’t have a monopoly on science and that when your dadi speaks to you in her local lingo, there is science in there that nutrition labs are going to validate in the next fifteen-twenty years, if not earlier.

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