India is in the middle of the second wave of coronavirus. People are trying to amp up their immunity level and more importantly, their oxygen level. Various remedies are coming to light, from food to yoga poses. Prone-position is another neat trick that has been buzzing all over social media and even the Health Ministry agrees that it helps in increasing oxygen levels.
But, is the prone-position safe for pregnant women as well? Let’s find out.
Unfortunately, proning should be avoided by pregnant ladies as it can lead to some major problems.
“If a pregnant woman practices full-proning on her tummy, she can find it really hard to breath. In addition, it will put a lot of pressure on the womb which is not good for the baby. Having said that, she can do side-to-side proning,” suggests Dr Dr Surabhi Siddhartha, consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, Motherhood Hospital, Kharghar.
Proning can make pregnant women feel dizzy and nauseous. Plus, the movement of the baby can also be hampered, especially if someone is doing proning when the due date is just round the corner.
The doctor suggested yoga poses like the cat-cow pose to help a pregnant woman maintain her oxygen level.
“According to me, a woman should avoid full-proning from the third trimester onwards. But, side-to-side proning can be practised even till the delivery date. It’s advisable to take support of a pillow for the overgrown uterus. The woman should also put a pillow beneath her head,” suggests Dr Siddhartha.
The ideal oxygen (SpO2) level is somewhere between 94 to 100. If you are infected with coronavirus, you will notice a drop in your oxygen levels. One key symptom of low oxygen is breathlessness. You will need oxygen support in such a scenario.
Doing proning is very easy. Here’s a step-by-step guide:
Do not practice proning for more than 30 minutes in one go. Keep in mind that this technique is for those who have mild symptoms of covid-19.
So, mommies-to-be, please don’t get influenced by what you see on social media, especially proning.