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Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Is it safe to do yoga? I'm about 7 weeks pregnant but in October of 2006 I miscarried around 9 weeks. I just want to play everything on the safe side. --MissMoochie

Re: Is it safe to do yoga? I'm about 7 weeks pregnant but in October of 2006 I miscarried around 9 weeks. I just want to play everything on the safe side. --MissMoochie

The Bump Expert In general, it is safe to do yoga during pregnancy. It is important to stay well-hydrated and avoid Bikram yoga or yoga performed at hot temperatures. If you had a first trimester miscarriage in a prior pregnancy and have had no problems with your current pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding or spotting, yoga should still be OK. But, if you are concerned or anxious about exercising given your history, I would suggest waiting until the second trimester before starting or resuming yoga.

Dr. Ashley Roman

working out ok still?

I just found out that I'm pregnant- I guess I'm 5 weeks since it's been 5wks 2 days since my last period. I work out with a personal trainer, who has me mostly weight training 3 days a week. Do I need to stop working out this way? What is still safe?

alyson005 |

re: Q: Yoga okay 7 weeks?

Do they have yoga or pilates classes for pregnant women?

vittoria.treadwell |

re: Q: Yoga okay 12 weeks?

Do they have yoga or pilates classes for pregnant women?

vittoria.treadwell |

re: Q: Yoga okay 7 weeks?

I would like to know also about the yoga or pilates classes for pregnant women. Hopefully someone will come on this board and respond.

josephinebaker |

re: Q: Yoga okay 7 weeks?

There are yoga classes specifically designed for pregnant women, just do a search in your city for "prenatal yoga". I live in cleveland and found at least 5 places that offer such a class, one right down the street! It is nice because only pg women in 2nd or 3rd tri are allowed in the class, and it is taught by a certified teacher with specific training in what positions are best for pg and labor.

CJ2008 |

re: Q: Yoga okay 7 weeks?

I just found a place in my area that does Prenatal Water classes. Anyone ever done this? I'm seriously contemplating signing up.

amjowil81 |

re: Q: Yoga okay 7 weeks?

I have taught prenatal yoga for many years and train yoga teachers in prenatal yoga. Look for a prenatal yoga class. The instructor should ask what week you are in and other pertinent health questions (first pregnancy? nausea? discomfort?) If you take a regular yoga class, look for one that is not hot upon entering the studio. Always err on the side of caution when in postures. Drink water during class and stop if you get too warm. Ask around for teachers who are gentler and more supportive if you feel pressured to do every pose (that is not a good yoga practice).

woolynns |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

It's important to make sure it is a prenatal yoga class if you are beyond your first trimester, because some exercise restrictions apply in 2nd and 3rd trimesters. I do yoga off and on, whenever I can, and I tried it when i was about six weeks. Some of the inverted poses bothered me. I felt like the blood was rushing to my head. It may have been because of the increase in blood volume during pregnancy. In prenatal yoga, they will only do positions that will be most comfortable for you.

caitlin5666 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

One thing I recommend against doing no matter what trimester, is closed twists - like seated or reclined spinal twists, prayer twists - anything that twists the abdominal region should be out of the question and isn't necessary to do even in the first trimester. The risks outweigh the rewards on that one.

yoganin |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

For the one working out with a trainer, make sure they have gone through special training to work with pregnant women. I'm a trainer and depending on what state you live in they may not even be certified. There's a lot a trainer should know in dealing with pregnant clients! You should be lowering the amount of weight you use even in the first trimester for sure, they shouldn't get your heart rate above 140 bpm and make sure you listen to your body. Now isn't the time to push yourself. If something doesn't feel right don't do it. :) hope that helps a little

fitmommy0409 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I'll be 9 weeks tomorrow with my 2nd. I did yoga all through my first pregnancy, and found that I was less tired, and had way more energy. Plus it kept me from sitting on the couch eating my ultimate craving (captain crunch). Anyway. Now that I'm almost 9 weeks I've done yoga a few times. A bit hard with a 2 year old at home. It's just a video but it has modifications for all 3 trimesters. It was a big help!!!

VerySpecialSurprises |