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Dangers of engaging in hot yoga during pregnancy

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Hot yoga is a type of yoga that is done in a setting that is extremely humid and hot. It is up to 105 degrees with a humidity of 40% and extreme types of hot yoga are often practiced in rooms with temperatures ranging from 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit and a humidity level of 60 to 70%. For a normal human being, such temperatures can feel like 100-149 degrees Fahrenheit.

During pregnancy, it is advisable to avoid any forms of hot yoga because tendons and muscles loosen up throughout pregnancy to prepare for the baby growing inside you and when you are exposed to heat your muscles are more prone to stretch further than usual. 

Risk factors of engaging in hot yoga during pregnancy

1 Birth defects

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Exposure to high level of heat can cause hyperthermia and it might raise the chance of neural birth abnormalities like spina bifida in your baby.

2 Dizziness

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During pregnancy, progesterone relaxes the blood vessel walls causing the blood pressure to be low and exposure to excessive heat can cause a spike resulting in dizziness and fainting. 

3 Miscarriage

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During the first trimester, if your body temperature exceeds 102 degrees for more than 10 minutes it can lead to miscarriage and hot yoga temperature ranges from 105 - 120 degrees.

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