Should you steer clear of hot yoga if you're planning to get pregnant?
Hot or Bikram yoga is a pretty intense activity, due to the combination of positions and warm conditions classes are performed in. So if you're trying for a baby, would it be a good idea to opt for a less extreme form of yoga pre-conception?
Zest's fitness expert Jon Stratford advises, 'Your body's very good at maintaining homeostasis (hormonal and chemical balances), but imbalances can occur when your body's stressed.
'Training hard, especially anaerobically (without oxygen) can cause hormonal imbalances, especially if your body's struggling to keep cool in hot temperatures too.
'There's no evidence, however, that Bikram yoga makes it more difficult to conceive; if anything, the stress-reducing effects of yoga should help.
'The temperature issue can be addressed with good hydration (aim for two litres of water a day with an additional litre for every hour of exercise).
'To ensure your body’s in the optimum state to enable you to conceive, reduce any stresses, stay active and make sure you’re eating and sleeping well, too.’
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