Tai Chi for Pregnancy

Tai Chi for Pregnancy

5 Lessons

Welcome to Chi Force’s exclusive course on Tai Chi for Pregnant Women.

Tai Chi for Pregnant Women is a powerful regimen for maintaining stability, strength, and relaxation during pregnancy – even during the last trimester. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, (ACOG), identifies the following physical challenges that occur during pregnancy. All of which Tai Chi is well known to greatly improve.

Joints: The hormones made during pregnancy cause the ligaments that support your joints to become relaxed. This makes the joints more mobile and at risk of injury. Avoid jerky, bouncy, or high-impact motions that can increase your risk of being hurt.

Balance: The extra weight in the front of your body shifts your center of gravity. This places stress on joints and muscles, especially those in your pelvis and lower back. Because you are less stable and more likely to lose your balance, you are at greater risk of falling.

Breathing: When you exercise, oxygen and blood flow are directed to your muscles and away from other areas of your body. While you are pregnant, your need for oxygen increases. This may affect your ability to do strenuous exercise, especially if you are overweight or obese.

The ACOG also lists the following important benefits of regular exercise during pregnancy. Tai Chi is the ideal exercise for these benefits.

  • Reduces back pain
  • Eases constipation
  • May decrease risk of gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, and cesarean delivery
  • Promotes healthy weight gain during pregnancy
  • Improves overall general fitness and strengthens your heart and blood vessels
  • Helps eliminate pregnancy weight after giving birth

The Tai Chi for Pregnant Women course was created by Chi Force’s Stephan Berwick and his student, Tai Chi instructor, Frances Phelps. She provides guidance on the core movements of Tai Chi that she found most beneficial to practice during her own pregnancy. Frances actually teaches the whole course while in her third trimester! Her instruction covers 5 carefully chosen Tai Chi movement-types, that when done in order with Frances’ tenor and pacing, provides a stress-releasing health and well-being exercise regimen ideal for pregnant women.