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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Prenatal Yoga Classes (Overview)

Unless a health condition prevents it, your caregiver will encourage you to exercise. Keeping fit during pregnancy helps you maintain your aerobic capacity, muscle strength, and flexibility -- not to mention gear up for the marathon of labor and delivery. Many women enjoy yoga, swimming, and brisk walking throughout their pregnancies. Now is not the time to embark on a challenging new program, though. If you haven't been exercising regularly, ask your caregiver to suggest a safe plan that starts out slowly.


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Prenatal yoga classes in any way risky?

Prenatal yoga classes in any way risky?

Not likely: Unless you had specific complications that would contraindicate physical activity. Prenatal Yoga will teach techniques (ujjayi) to enable you to breath deeply & to relax. This is calming & will help face the demands of labor & delivery. It works to maintain flexibility, muscle tone, balance & circulation. Poses used are safe & designed to have low joint impact. Best when combined with low -impact ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
20 Doctors shared insights

Prenatal Yoga Classes (Overview)

Unless a health condition prevents it, your caregiver will encourage you to exercise. Keeping fit during pregnancy helps you maintain your aerobic capacity, muscle strength, and flexibility -- not to mention gear up for the marathon of labor and delivery. Many women enjoy yoga, swimming, and brisk walking throughout their pregnancies. Now is not the time to embark on a challenging new program, though. If you haven't been exercising regularly, ask your caregiver to suggest a safe plan that starts out slowly.


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I was planning on attending one of those prenatal yoga classes but have no idea about training of instructor?

I was planning on attending one of those prenatal yoga classes but have no idea about training of instructor?

It's OK.: Prenatal stretching and yoga classes should be a safe activity for most pregnant women without physical disabilities, provided they are well supervised. Non-contact, low impact sports and activities such as stationary bike, treadmill, walking and swimming are ideal during pregnancy to maintain muscle tone and keep the cardiovascular system in good shape in anticipation of labor and delivery. ...Read more

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How safe is prenatal yoga class?

How safe is prenatal yoga class?

Yoga classes: These are considered safe. Prenatal Yoga will teach techniques (ujjayi) to enable you to breath deeply & to relax. This is calming & will help face the demands of labor & delivery. It works to maintain flexibility, muscle tone, balance & circulation. Poses used are safe & designed to have low joint impact. ...Read more

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Is prenatal yoga class recommended?

Is prenatal yoga class recommended?

Sure.: Prenatal stretching and yoga classes should be a safe activity for most pregnant women without physical disabilities. Non-contact, low impact sports and activities such as stationary bike, treadmill, walking and swimming are ideal during pregnancy to maintain muscle tone and keep the cardiovascular system in good shape in anticipation of labor and delivery. ...Read more

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Are prenatal yoga dvds safe?

Are prenatal yoga dvds safe?

Yes: Prenatal yoga is a great form of exercise while pregnant. The key differences from regular yoga are that you shouldn't be flat on your back, it is never done in really hot temps, and balance poses are done near a wall that you can catch yourself with if you lose your balance. If you have not done yoga before, it may help to take a couple classes before doing a dvd on your own. ...Read more

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How far along is it dangerous to do prenatal yoga?

How far along is it dangerous to do prenatal yoga?

Safety b4 stretch: Yoga is a wonderful practice, and can be good right up to 36 weeks, if you are wise, gentle, and avoid pushing yourself to advance your practice or improve. Make sure instructor knows you are pregnant and that the class is prenatal yoga! Avoid compression of the uterus. Towards the end, avoid inversions. ...Read more

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Any recommendations for prenatal yoga dvd?

Any recommendations for prenatal yoga dvd?

Prenatal Yoga: Actually I would recommend that you begin with an in-person class. That way you can receive one on one support/ input and ensure that you are doing all poses/ techniques correctly and safely. ...Read more

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Does prenatal yoga help with the pain of delivery?

Does prenatal yoga help with the pain of delivery?

Yes!: Prenatal yoga has many benefits, including increasing muscle strength & flexibility, reducing back pain & other discomforts associated with pregnancy and teaching proper breathing and relaxation techniques. Proper relaxing and breathing during labor and delivery is the very best natural technique to reduce pain. See http://pregnancy. More4kids. Info/110/benefits-of-prenatal-yoga/. ...Read more

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I am 4 months pregnant can I practice yoga? I am not talking about prenatal yoga... When should I stop?

I am 4 months pregnant can I practice yoga? I am not talking about prenatal yoga... When should I stop?

Stay Fit: Pregnancy is compatible with exercise. Stay hydrated and avoid high impact as your belly gets bigger. You may need to modify your yoga positions. Balance may be challenging as your pregnant uterus displaces your center of gravity. Remember, even if you pull back to adapt, any exercise is better than no exercise. Keep your doctor informed. ...Read more

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I'm 5month pregnant. After prenatal yoga, I feel wave-like movement in my belly (not hurt, can feel them with hands) is this normal? Should I stop yoga

I'm 5month pregnant. After prenatal yoga, I feel wave-like movement in my belly (not hurt, can feel them with hands) is this normal? Should I stop yoga

Fetal movement: You probably feeling the fetal movements and that is normal. Yoga will not hurt you or the baby, it may actually be good for both of you. ...Read more

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31 weeks pregnant, complete previa, no bleeding. Doctor said no exercise. Could I start doing prenatal yoga? I think it would be relaxing

31 weeks pregnant, complete previa, no bleeding. Doctor said no exercise. Could I start doing prenatal yoga? I think it would be relaxing

ASK your doc: A complete previa is very dangerous, if u were my pt I would tell u no, if your previa starts to bleed u will need bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy or delivery, and it is very dangerous if it starts bleeding heavy, and if u were my pt you would be getting an amnio at 37 weeks and a csection as if lungs are mature as u do not want to go into labor. ...Read more

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I am 6 weeks pregnant and yet to go to obgyn. Can I do prenatal yoga I am having severe back pain followed by leg pain what should I do now?

I am 6 weeks pregnant and yet to go to obgyn. Can I do prenatal yoga I am having severe back pain followed by leg pain what should I do now?

Prenatal Yoga: Although prenatal yoga is very safe - if you are in severe pain then I recommend that you be medically cleared by your obstetrician before you begin prenatal yoga classes. ...Read more

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Can children take yoga classes?

Can children take yoga classes?

Absolutely: Not only is it good for toning and strengthening, it is also a wonderful way to teach mindfullness. Focus is essential for the practice of yoga and is an added benefit to children who are bombarded by our fast paced, computer/gaming driven world. ...Read more

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Which type of yoga classes would be good for a christian?

Which type of yoga classes would be good for a christian?

Choose carefully: "test all things; hold fast to what is good." most christians believe in the golden rule, in applying the standards of reason to claim, in avoiding shunnig human-made superstitious practices, and of course we do not ask favors of the gods of polytheism. If a group focus on the physical or on mind-training without weird magic stuff, you should be fine. Ask in advance. ...Read more

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How long after starting yoga classes will it take to see an improvement in flexibility?

How long after starting yoga classes will it take to see an improvement in flexibility?

Soon: It does depend on how committed you are to the practice. Even after one hour, you may notice positive changes. Work with a teacher that inspires you and you certainly will see benefits in flexibility. Be mindful of particularly tight areas and slowly work there. ...Read more

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Hi I had two large sebaceous cysts removed from my back how long before I can go to the gym, do classes and yoga?

Hi I had two large sebaceous cysts removed from my back how long before I can go to the gym, do classes and yoga?

As tolerated: About two weeks after removal of sutures, you may undertake any activity as you can tolerate.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
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I went to yoga on Friday and after the class I noticed a sharp pain near my tailbone when I move. What should I do?

I went to yoga on Friday and after the class I noticed a sharp pain near my tailbone when I move. What should I do?

Muscular: Probably muscular. An anti inflammatory and local heat application may help but it should be self limiting and gradually go away ...Read more

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Can you tell me the typical health benefits to taking a yoga class?

Can you tell me the typical health benefits to taking a yoga class?

Many: It will help with your stress, blood pressure, posture, flexibility and many many other benefits. Check this article about the benefits of yoga: http://otwithmd. Com/7-yoga-benefits/. ...Read more

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What are some things I should do to prepare for my first Bikram yoga class?

Bikram Yoga: Bikram yoga uses a room heated to 105 degrees -- so you need a large towel, 1-2 washcloths, a mat, and water bottle for class. Dress lightly -- shorts and exercise top (rather than cotton t shirt) if female. Or bathing suit or tank top. Come with empty stomach -- no food 1-3 hours before class. For several days before class, drink lots of water -- at least 4 liters per day for Bikram yoga. ...Read more

Dr. Herman Hammerstead
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Yoga (Definition)

The term yoga comes from a sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the divine, universal spirit, or cosmic consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also ...Read more