Tai Chi For Pregnant Women

Tai Chi For Pregnant Women

If you think that Tai Chi is only for old people or those who don't want to do arduous exercises, think again! It is now being recommended as one more fitness alternative for pregnant women for the reason that it is gentle and slow-moving.

Tai Chi has many benefits. In China, people believe that Tai Chi

    • Can prolong life,
    • Strengthen muscle tissue and tendons,
    • Treat Heart problems,
    • Treat high blood pressure,
    • Help Arthritis, Depression, etc.
    • Tai Chi also improves stamina.
Jo Li, a Tai Chi enthusiast for the last 2 years, now in his twenties, realised recently that he is able to run for a longer time period without becoming easily tired. Research have shown that Tai Chi does have aerobic benefits and produces benefits in oxygen uptake and endurance.

Tai Chi is advantageous for pregnant women who have not done any types of exercise before as it reduces the probabilities of these women injuring themselves. Other exercises, even yoga, involve a certain amount of moving that could be an issue for pregnant women in later Stages of Pregnancy

Coping with changes in body size, lifestyle and work can be stressful for a pregnant woman. This is where the mediation portion of Tai Chi kicks in. Deep breathing and helping the mind to focus on the slow repetitive movements of the breathing, provides relief to these external changes. Tai Chi also teaches patience and enhancing such a quality would be beneficial especially when the baby arrives. What can a woman be more concerned about then stability when she pregnant? A research conducted at Emory University in 1996 proved that practicing Tai Chi helped reduce the chances of falling by almost 50%.


Pregnancy and Tai Chi:

  • Tai Chi promotes muscle tone, which helps with the changes in a woman’s body during pregnancy.
  • Helps with balance, which is important to avoid incidences of falling, which often occur during pregnancy.
  • Tai Chi promotes feeling of calmness, which help to reduce stress levels.
  • Tai Chi helps to Increase Immune system during Pregnancy.
  • Tai Chi helps to lower blood pressure
  • Tai Chi strengthens pelvic muscles, which is needed during labor and delivery.
  • Tai Chi helps to reduce the pain level associated in the final months of pregnancy and delivery.

Tai Chi For Pregnant Women

Tai Chi not only helps mothers-to-be, but children as well. The American Journal of Medicine and Sports lists a series of studies showing that tai chi can improve concentration, focus and performance for Children,



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