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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?

Several friends who are yoga instructors have advised that in the beginning yoga is perfectly safe but to take it easy on your core poses, avoid deep twisting and no inversions (shoulder stand, head stand, hand stand) unless you practice them on a very regular basis. Practicing more of a Yin type practice is good.

stefanygary |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

there are classes who specialize in prenatal yoga & pilates If you do pilates, and don't find a prenatal class, you probably need private lessons during this time and advice from you OBGYN of course. I found some good info on pilates and pregnancy from a simple google search

meww |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I am 8 weeks pregnant and having been doing Vinyasa yoga in a heated room (94-96 degrees) for a few years. My instructor knows that I am pregnant. Is the warmth harmful since it is about the same as body temperature?

akkovacs |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I only found out I was pregnant when I was at 8 weeks and I did yoga and spinning (sometimes both in a day) during that time and just stopped whenever I felt tired or anything like that. I am 19 weeks now and have seen no side effects. From what I've always heard, as long as you were active before, you can keep that up during your pregnancy, as long as you don't feel out of breathe.

FancyFrenchie |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

You can also find pre and post-natal yoga dvds online. Just read the comments previous owners give, sometimes it makes or breaks a decision for me. So yeah, you can totally do yoga as long as it's not very hard on your body.

cvj11180 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

If anyone has Netflix you can search prenatal workout or yoga dvds...there are a few there. I wanted to try them before I bought any.

teasingcomb |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

As usual, always check everything with your doctor first - especially before starting a new exercise regimen while pregnant. However, typically if you were fit and active pre-pregnancy you should be able to continue similar fitness routines during your pregnancy. I've heard of women who strength train regularly backing off a little on the weights and increasing reps, and also when doing cardio trying not to let their heart rates get too high. Consult with your physician to see what is healthy for you!

Madison830 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

It will depend on what you are used to, what kind of fitness program you have been doing, etc. etc. Yoga was helpful to me towards the end because my hips were so tight. Go easy on the moves and stick to basic beginner positions at the end because you cannot contort yourself as much, and your body is more likely to get injured. Don't get carried away with any one activity, and when you are tired, back off. Although exercise is important, listen to your body, and when you're tired, put your feet up and watch a DVD while you still can! :)

Wife4ayear |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I would like to do yoga during my pregnancy....does anyone know of a good yoga dvd?

mem1258 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I am doing yoga and am 5 months in my 2nd trimester and it's okay. You just can't lie flat are your back. And water aerobics and pilates and poolates are great too. Try it and if you don't feel comfortable doing it then tell you practitioner.

DJC4Life |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I recently found that I was pregnant! I am 4-5 weeks along and I actually instruct Hot/Bikram Yoga. Should I continue instructing during the 1st trimester? I have had no side affects so far. How will the heat affect the baby?

marrymekatie |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Does anyone know if you can lie flat on your back in the first trimester, or is that just a 2/3rd trimester thing (when you lungs and organs start to get crushed)? there are yoga classes at my gym, but there aren't any (prenatal) yoga classes, so i kind of have to be my own coach on this one, and i want to make sure i'm doing it right, even though i'm only in the first trimester.

SoonToBeHappyMother |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I teach yoga and practice as well. It is not recommended for first timers to try out the hot classes, but I have seen a lot of women practice Bikram/Hot yoga in all stages of pregnancy. I also have many teacher friends that taught hot yoga classes throughout their whole pregnancy, as well as took them too. Just make sure you stay hydrated, and you know your body best, so take it easy on yourself.

bethybjj2 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

my doctor actually suggested i try yoga in place of my regular physical therapy for my hip. he says there are so many benefits to doing yoga while pregnant. I have no idea about yoga but i am doing research now to figure out if there are different types and what is the best one for a person with a bad hip and knee to get into for the entire length of the pregnancy.

Wigcelia |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Yoga's good for those that are pregnant and work out less frequently. As a runner, I tried to do yoga in the first trimester and ended up feeling nauseous AND restless. I did work out tapes and modified them to fit me; this includes tae bo and pilates. I only continued them after getting a go ahead from my dr., mostly because I haven't had any complications. I'm now in my fifth month and I feel great because I work out at least 25 minutes every day. I probably will slow down to yoga in my last month, but until then, I recommend doing the workouts you did before you were pregnant. Unless you have complications in your pregnancy, you should only slow down enough not to strain yourself. Being pregnant doesn't mean you're fragile.

notooley |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I highly recommend the PregoFIT Workouts!! They are new, total-body, customized workouts specific to each month of pregnancy! They follow the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists (ACOG) guidelines and are designed for every fitness level (beginner, intermediate, or advanced) by offering optional exerices, as well as modifications. The DVD Series is "coached" by me, a Prenatal & Postpartum Fitness Consultant, who is pregnant in each month's workout, too! So, it feels very relatable -- each month. You can preview the PregoFIT Workouts at www.pregofit.com. -- Kristen Ross with PregoFIT

PregoFIT |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I am a Yoga teacher and "yes" Yoga is safe and actually incredibly beneficial throughout your entire pregnancy. BUT there are few caveats to make before you run off to your favorite class. I recommend any of the following types of Yoga classes: Prenatal, Gentle, Level 1 or Level 2, Yin, or Restorative. If you have a regular practice, just tone it down a bit and "listen to your body" that is the key. Here is the list of no-no's: inversions, laying on belly (obviously), deep backbends (think wheel pose), core work, and deep twists. Focus on seated and hands and knees postures. A good prenatal teacher will challenge you, but keep you safe and help to open your hips, ease low back pain, heartburn, varicose veins, swelling, and also any emotional anxiety you may be having. The breathing techniques and opportunity to connect with yourself and growing baby are the most important aspects. As a Prenatal teacher I always end my classes with at least 15-20 min of gentle/restorative relaxation postures and quiet time for the mothers to connect with their babies. I am only 5 weeks pregnant and have practiced Yoga almost daily for 9 years, but I am already dramatically adjusting my practice to accomodate my body. You will have the rest of your life to do crazy workouts, just let your self get soft and lovey-dovey in your Yoga practice. Namaste ladies - enjoy!

claircrowley |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

My dr said yes, it was ok in the first and second. However, my Yoga teacher told me there were certain poses I could not do in the third trimester b/c they were harmful to me or the baby...the corpse pose was off limits b/c you are lying flat on your back and you aren't supposed to be flat on your back b/c it cuts off circulation to an artery needed for the baby (or something to that effect). If you were sleeping on your back, your body actually knows to wake itself up to change positions, b/c it is not good for the baby. Also, she said anything with balance issues I would have to do very basic level on or not at all (like raising legs in air, tilting to the side) b/c my center of gravity was so off due to my huge belly. It makes it easier to fall and injure yourself. Just use common sense. I did Yoga with my firstborn until the 9th month and then I had to stop b/c I just couldn't bend, twist or tilt anymore. Good luck!

kristyg1116 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I have taken yoga my entire pregnancy. I just made sure to tell my instructor that I was expecting and she makes sure that if there's a pose I can't do, that she tells me. My doctor thought yoga was a good thing for me to be doing.

denisa20 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I did yoga at 7 weeks!

expectingbabygirl |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

My yogi tells me to avoid all twisting poses while pregnant

brandybabe82 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I'm a Yoga Teacher (and newly pregnant) Yoga is great for you! If you have been practicing prior to becoming pregnant, continue with your practice but avoid deep twists and "boat pose",which is a core pose. Be aware that you'll be more tired and respect your body and its needs. If you are just starting yoga, take a beginner's class, gentle yoga, or prenatal class. Most women with a regular yoga practice can do so throughout their entire pregnancy. Rule of thumb.... make space for the baby - so don't do poses that require you to lay on your belly (when you get the bump) and avoid laying on your back in the 2nd Trimester (decreases blood supply to your baby) As always, run it by your health care provider before you start - he / she may caution you according to your physical condition or any complications you may have. Namaste Mommies!

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Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

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jerryms |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I have been teaching Yoga for over 7 years. This is pregnancy #2. I am 19 weeks. I did Yoga up until 34 weeks with #1. Always stay hydrated, take it easy where you need to and watch twisting poses and inversions. I feel so much better and have more energy after teaching and doing Yoga. I would recommend it to everyone. And yes, prenatal Yoga classes are great as are prenatal water classes!

jennyjones528 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Here are some great yoga poses for heartburn and digestion you can do when needed! They are mostly gentle breathing and stretching. http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/pregnancy-poses-help-heartburn http://www.mommyser.com/myblog/pregnancy-poses-aid-digestion

madnham |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Bikram Yoga's website clearly says that you can attend their classes while pregnant and that it actually helps you and the baby during pregnancy.

jenndub34 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

Yes you can do yoga... Doesn't have to be specific to pregnant women.. It can be a regular class & the instructor will tell & show you how to modify the poses around your pregnancy.. Try the YMCA..

Babymalouf |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

i know alot of pregnant mothers do do balloon ball sit yoga

JRiggins24 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I did yoga starting very early in both of my pregnancies. I thought it helped a lot with back pain, flexibility, relaxation and labor. I found a class in my area specifically taught by a certified prenatal instructor which I think is important. You can also do these classes online, I know mamaseeds.com has them. I also started it again after my Dr cleared me for exercise after baby, it helped a lot with relaxation and getting back into shape.

megwin17 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

When I was doing yoga classes I was pregnant with my first child, there was a woman that worked with teens involved with drugs, she told us interesting stories about her job and we all admired her strength to deal with those kids. Now I would attend another yoga class, it was an amazing experience.

amyabel68 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

There are videos on YouTube that are for pregnant women. I believe there are tri specific too, so you can just do whichever tri you're in.

krenae27 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

I'm 12 weeks and had practiced yoga before . Not daily but very often. I did a a few moves on my stomach not thinking. I feel terrible . I stopped . I'm not really showing yet. Do you think I'm ok? I feel fine. I'm just mad at myself for not thinking. I don't want to hurt my baby or me.

albee722 |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

This is a great article. I practiced yoga only in early pregnancy. After I did the x-rays at www.x-rayphantom.com and I resolved some health problems I have practiced yoga for about a month.

crazysony |

Q&A: Doing yoga in the first trimester?

There are many types of yoga so when considering whether to continue your yoga practice while pregnant you need to factor in your particular type. I practice Ashtanga yoga which is not recommended for women in their first trimester and is practiced in a modified way during subsequent trimesters. During my first trimester I instead practiced vinyasa with several modifications such as no twisting and no postures on the belly. As you grow, you will need to make more modifications. At the beginning of class, ask the yoga instructor to inform you when you should be modifying. I'd also advise researching what modifications are necessary on your own. I'm finding that as an experienced practitioner, prenatal yoga classes are not challenging or satisfying enough but may be during the third trimester. For now I'm just doing what feels right, modifying when necessary and taking plenty of water breaks. This is not the time to push yourself so if the class is all doing crow pose and you never have, just take a childs pose and relax.

Weinbergboo |