Anushka Sharma Performs Headstand During Pregnancy. Here’s What An Expectant Mom Should Know

In a recent post, the mom-to-be shared a throwback picture where she can be seen performing Shirshasana or headstand with the help of her husband

Anushka Sharma, who will soon be welcoming her first child with Virat Kohli, took social media by storm in the last few months. Right from the announcement of her pregnancy to photos and appearances, the couple in no time has become the top trend on social media. 

Anushka Sharma is undoubtedly one the fittest Bollywood actresses. She is one of those celebrities who always talk about the benefits of healthy eating and exercising. Even now in her third trimester of pregnancy, the actress is making every effort to stay fit. Her recent Instagram post is proof of that.

In a recent post, the mom-to-be shared a throwback picture where she could be seen performing Shirshasana or headstand with the help of her husband. Her post soon started trending on Twitter. 

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In the post, Anushka was doing a headstand. She also mentioned how she managed to do it under professional supervision. 

Here’s the post where she writes:

“For the Shirshasana, which I have been doing for many years, I ensured that I used the wall for support and also my very able husband supporting my balance, to be extra safe. This was also done under the supervision of my yoga teacher @eefa_shrof who was virtually with me through this session,” the actress wrote in her post.

Anushka who has been an all-time fan of yoga, wrote that she has been doing Shirshasana for many years now and even during pregnancy she continued with it under proper guidance and support.

“We do advise exercises to pregnant women like they are allowed to walk or they are allowed to do yoga but these all depend on the kind of pregnancy. Normally, basic exercises or physical activities are prescribed in the first and second trimester of the pregnancy, keeping in mind that everything is normal. Moreover, it is good to work on your tights, legs, and backaches by performing exercises during pregnancy. But it should be done with all safety measures,” said Dr. Nishi Puri, Gynecologist at Prime IVF Centre, Gurgaon. 

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How important it is to exercise when you are pregnant?

Many people believe that women should not do any physical activities during pregnancy, leave alone any exercise.  Exercising daily can help you to get relief from symptoms like backaches, swollen ankles, and it also helps you sleep peacefully at night. Moreover, it can help in quick postpartum recovery.

Some types of exercise not only help the expecting mothers, but they are also beneficial for the baby. 

How to exercise safely during pregnancy?

Exercising during pregnancy is safe as long as you are taking professional advice before trying any new workout routine and following pregnancy-specific modifications.

Start with a 5-minute warm-up and stretching session, and at the end cool down properly with slower exercises and gentle stretching.

Here are a few other things that you must keep in mind while exercising:

  • Wear loose and comfortable clothes.
  • Avoid vigorous exercise in hot or humid weather
  • Drink lots of water before, during, and after exercise to stay hydrated

How much exercise should one do?

According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), an expecting mother should perform moderate exercises for at least 30 minutes or more, most days of the week. 

Your exercise routine need not be lengthy. If you are not able to do 30 minutes of physical activity in one go then even a 10-minute moderate level of exercise, yoga, or walk can help. Those who were performing vigorous activities, such as running before becoming pregnant can continue with their routine after checking with their doctor.

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