I’m pregnant – can I still practice breathing techniques?
It’s always best to check with your doctor if they think it’s suitable for you to practice breathing techniques during your current stage in pregnancy, especially if you have had any complications.
Most breath practices which are stimulating and sometimes strenuous on the body such as the Wim Hof breathing technique, paradoxical breathing, kapalbhati and bhastrika are best to be avoided whilst pregnant.
Other more relaxing and gentle breathing techniques such as coherent breathing, tactical breathing, box breathing, holotropic breathing and nadi shodhana are safe to practice whilst pregnant, and in fact very helpful. However if you practice these and begin to feel, dizy, sick or uncomfortable in any way, please stop immediately and if needed, seek medical advice.