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Yoga During Pregnancy: Jessica Biel Does It (in New Year’s Eve)—Would You?

Written on December 7, 2011 at 10:57 am , by

Biel flaunted her fit figure at a premiere in 2010. (Photo courtesy of Shutterstock)

The holidays are sure a fun time to head to the cinema. Whether you prefer lighthearted family fare or awards show bait, it’s one of the best times of the year to take in a flick.

FITNESS was lucky enough to attend an advanced screening of the star-studded film New Year’s Eve last night, and besides being dazzled by the sheer number of A-listers in each scene, we were entertained by Jessica Biel’s antics as a soon-to-be mom. During one scene, she practices an amazingly graceful yoga headstand—while pregnant!

In our September issue, we reported that expectant moms often are able to achieve strength gains moderate-intensity resistance training routines (skipping on-your-back moves). But what about yoga? We turned to one of our advisory board members to learn more about om-ing while expecting.

“One recent study showed that yoga reduced levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which, in turn, should lower the chance of premature birth,” says Michele Olson, Ph.D, professor of exercise science at Auburn University in Montgomery, Alabama.

A couple other words to the wise from Olson:

  • “‘Gentle’ yoga is often practiced by pregnancy women. Hot yoga is out, though, because of the extreme heat. So are any serious seated flexion moves, like crunches or sit-up exercises, after about three months or when the abdomen is larger.” (This is true for yoga or any workout—skip the on-your-back moves while preggers.)
  • “Joints are more lax during pregnancy due to hormonal shifts, so pregnant women need to be careful not to over-stretch in yoga or any other activity.” *

So ladies who have or have had a baby on board, was exercise on your agenda during the nine months? If so, what was most comfortable and beneficial for you?

*Note: Pregnant women should always check with their doctors before starting any new fitness routines.

For those of you not expecting, you can still in shape like the New Year’s Eve stars do when not on camera:

A few last words of advice related to the movie: Stick around for the closing credits. You won’t be sorry!

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Now tell us: What movie are you most looking forward to watching this season?