Yoga is normally associated with exercise and well-being and meditation. But yoga therapy can go far beyond and heal or manage many women with their pregnancy related challenges, if undertaken by an expert.
Client Story 1: mental & emotional trauma during IVF treatment
Here is a story where Yoga therapy helped as a supporting therapy in the case of IVF (In vitro fertilization) – process of fertilization by manually combining an egg and sperm in a laboratory dish, and then transferring the embryo to the uterus.
Anitha (name changed for privacy) successfully underwent the combination treatment and was delighted in sharing her story of her experience
Anitha was 28 when she first started planning for a family. She and her husband tried in vain for almost 4 years but she could not conceive. She consulted several specialist doctors and was finally advised IVF as a last resort. The doctors recommended that it may not be possible for her to conceive naturally. She was 32 already and her biological clock was ticking.
Anitha’s best friend Seema recommended to her that she consult with yoga practitioner. Anitha was suggested that yoga therapy could be helpful for her in her condition. Reluctantly she contacted healclinic and thus started her journey of counseling and Yoga. In Anitha’s words, “The yoga therapist counseled me and her yoga therapy helped me overcome the mental trauma that I had been through and come to terms with the fact that I would be unable to conceive naturally.”
The yoga sessions helped her to be better prepared and face the side effects of the IVF treatment while undergoing the treatment. She underwent the yoga as well as IVF treatment for about 2 years and today is nine months pregnant expecting her baby soon.
Anitha has become a huge fan of yoga for helping her to become mentally, emotionally and physically fit, to endure the IVF and carry her pregnancy successfully.
Client Story 2: Conceive after a miscarriage
Sunitha (name changed for privacy) is a 33 years old woman living in Bangalore. She started her journey towards planning a family way back in 2010.
She and her husband were very happy when they discovered that she was pregnant. But just 6 weeks into her pregnancy found that she had an ectopic pregnancy (a pregnancy in which the fetus develops outside the womb, typically in a fallopian tube). She had to terminate her pregnancy and also had to remove the right fallopian tube during the surgery.
Post this surgery, Sunitha was under heavy medications and couldn’t conceive for the next 4 years. A colleague referred Sunitha to healclinic and said they could help her through Yoga therapy.
Our therapist had a detailed discussion and diagnosis of Sunitha’s medical situation, along with her physical and emotional state. She went through her medical records in details to understand the entire medical history and then designed a yoga program specific for Sunitha to follow.
She was taught a specific Yoga program for the next 15 days and asked Sunitha to continue practicing the therapy at home for the next six months. Sunitha followed her advice till she conceived naturally once again.
Sunitha’s tips for other women is that you have to believe in this therapy and diligently practice what has been suggested. There is no reason that you will not benefit from yoga.