Anyone doing prenatal yoga?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’ve started prenatal yoga. I’m just about 12 weeks along now so for awhile I wasn’t doing anything besides stretching because of the constant exhaustion/sickness. I’m starting to pull out of it I think though so I am glad to be back exercising. Before I got pregnant I was doing yoga classes 3-4 days a week for about a year and loved it, but now that I can’t do a lot of the movements in the classes I knew I needed to learn about prenatal yoga specifically. I ended up doing a subscription online to yogaglo.com, they have a bunch of different videos to choose from with different levels. Here’s one of them http://www.yogaglo.com/online-class-3220-New-Yoga-Mammas.html I think that is a beginner one.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did prenatal yoga classes and also used Shiva Rea’s dvd. She shows modifications based on your trimester. It’s a good workout.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I did a few weeks of it but just didn’t really get into it.  I could maybe go once a week or once every other week, but any more than that would just be a waste of time, for me anyway.  I love working out but I really need to get my heartrate up to feel good, and the prenatal yoga was just too much relaxation and stretching for me (that’s almost all it was, in fact).  It wasn’t a workout.  I’d rather workout than go to it on most days.  So maybe it just depends on what you get out of it and what types of things you like.

That was a class, by the way, so it’s entirely possible that it’s just that class in particular and not all of them are like that.

I did it recently, around 24-26 weeks.  I might have gotten more out of it if I had went later on, maybe around 33 or 34 weeks.  They did talk for about 20 minutes at the beginning of every class, everyone went around and said how they were feeling and people discussed some things.  So you can get some interesting info and suggestions out of that if your class does that.

It’d be a good idea to try something you can find online!  I wouldn’t mind doing some yoga/stretching type things closer to delivery.

Post # 7
cherrypieBee
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008 - A tiny town just outside of Glacier National Park

Yes, I started doing it at a local yoga studio about 12 weeks in. I have done a variety of yoga practices before, and initially prenatal felt too laid back for me. You do have to keep in mind that the goal is not really a “workout” like vinyasa/flow/ashtanga yoga, but a stretch and relaxation routine that benefits preganant bodies, muscles, and ligaments, and can help prepare you for labor and birth. With that in mind, I’m still getting regular cardio and strength training. In the new year, now that I am 22 weeks along, I’m planning to do prenatal yoga twice a week as well. As I get bigger, the exercises will be better suited to my body than before I was showing and encumbered with baby.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

I’ve never been preggo, but I am a fan of yoga. Check out yoga for the pelvic floor. Might be useful. I am sure there are some dvds out there specifically for preggo ladies.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Florida Aquarium

I took prenatal yoga classes when I was pregnant. I loved it! My instructor was fantastic, and the class taught yoga as well as child birth education. It was worth every penny. I actually took the class twice, it was so awesome. I started it at 16 weeks and finished at 38 weeks. Now that I have mini muffin, we’re going to take mom and baby yoga. 

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@kes18:  I generally agree with your outlook on working out as well, but as I’m only 7 weeks now I wonder if that will change as I get bigger and more unwieldy haha. 

For those of you who loved yoga during pregnancy – My gym offers yoga classes, but not prenatal yoga – if the instructor helps modify poses for you, is prenatal actually worth it or would I be okay in the regular yoga? 

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kate02121:  I’ve taken regular yoga classes & am in prenatal now. I’m not sure what your gym prenatal yoga classes are like but for me there were a ton of poses in the normal class that I would not be able to do now. In prenatal class we usually do cat/cow, warrior 2, lunges, tree, sit in butterfly and do spinal twist. There are no back or stomach poses. When I first got pregnant a friend & I were taking pilates together (just the two of us plus the instructor) around 20 weeks we had to split up because I needed more and more modifications & my friend was ready to advance/get pushed harder. I really like the prenatal class and even tho nothing with the class has changed it’s much much harder for me now then it was when I first started it 20 weeks ago.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kate02121:  I would stick with prenatal – it’s not just about modifying the poses, but also about focusing on the best poses to prep your body for labour. FYI I am also a yoga teacher 🙂

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I did prenatal yoga from about 28 weeks on and really enjoyed it. I was pretty huge by the end of the 6 week course but the poses and stuff were awesome for relieving pain and tension. I found the instructors were great at suggesting different poses for different people, as everyone had different “trouble spots” in their pregnancy. 

Good luck, i really enjoyed it and highly recommend it!

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