This pose it is especially beneficial for pregnant women and may be practiced through the first trimester. It is believed to help prepare the fetus for correct positioning at birth.
"Yoga Mala," a guide to Ashtanga yoga, points out that garbha pindasana also purifies the liver and spleen, due to the heels pressing into the abdomen and those organs as we pull our arms through our legs. It also activates the first three chakras: muladhara, svadisthana and manipura. This pose is also believed to help bring spiritual union between one's mind and soul.