preparation - yoga pilates etc ?? worth it ?

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gingin
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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 11:30 am 
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i have got it in my head that the fitter you are the better the birth - and i am panicking cos i am not so fit as i used to be (being 37!!) the only thing i am doing is walking the dog every day and mucking out my horse oh and lets not forget constantly cleaning the house !! is it worth getting a dvd like pilates or yoga ? does it actually help or not ? HAVe resigned myself to the fact that the end wont be pleasant in the big scheme of things but I would hate to be lectured by the midwife that if i had only done this that and the other my labour would have been so easy !!
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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 12:39 pm 
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This is a tricky one. I went to a yoga class last week (I'm only 7 weeks pregnant at the mo) and I didn't tell the instructor til the end that I was pregnant as I wanted to wait til everyone else had gone so I could talk to her privately. She appeared to be a little cross with me. Basically she said that I had to be really careful as pregnancy makes your ligaments elasticy and yoga and pilates can cause over stretching and ligament damage. She also said that in extreme cases this can lead to miscarriage. Really don't want to alarm you, its just what she said! However, in pregnancy mags I've read, they really rave on about yoga for relaxation and strength.

I think as long as you're walking regularly and eating healthily you are doing the right thing.
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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:38 pm 
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i did yoga yongs ago but it didnt work at all for me, in fact i kinda hated it !! but cos everyone else was so into it i persevered !
so i am actually relieved to hear what you say !!
it makes sense too
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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 3:26 pm 
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Hi Gingin,

How are you doing? I think that the biggest requirements of labour are that you have the endurance and stamina to get through the long (maybe short if your lucky) hours. The best advice I was given was to be fit. But it sounds like you lead quite an active lifestyle anyway so that will stand you in good stead. One thing I will say is that the bigger you get the harder you will find it to do any excersise. With regards to the yoga thing, yeah its a great idea but make sure that it's suitable for pregnant women to practice.
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Posted: Mon Feb 11, 2008 7:37 pm 
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Hi again Gingin! Smile I have a friend who is a yoga instructor and a mum of four (eek!) and she specialises in yoga for pregnancy. In fact, where I live, there are quite a few yoga classes for pregnant ladies so maybe if you wanted to do yoga you could see if there is anything similar where you live? At least you are leading an active life which is probably the most important thing! Let us know how you get on, I'd be interested as I'm also considering this - my problem is the classes are in the mornings and I'm NOT a morning person at the moment (still sleeping LOADS!). Very Happy
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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 8:47 am 
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Hi, I was told by my dr that I should do pilates to strengthen my core strength as I have had back problems from very early in my pregnancy (am now 21 weeks). I haven't done it yet though, as haven't found a class that specialises in pregnancy, and am really worried about going to a general one. A friend of mine is also pregnant, so we are going to try and find a class together, but at the moment am relying on a pilates in pregnancy book, and an exercise ball. It is ok, but you have to be really careful, as I pulled some muscles when I first did it, as I overdid it. Am afraid I have no advice in terms of helping with labour, as haven't got that far yet!!!

Good luck,

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Posted: Tue Feb 12, 2008 9:42 am 
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thanks girls - i may have to amazon for dvd's then cos i cant see me going to classes in Swedish - got to learn it first - crikey thats going to be fun learning swedish raising a puppy and getting throug pregnancy --- life is never dull for sure!
got my first scan today - i am terrified ! i hope this is normal - still not eating enough cos of my nausea - had to leave the house last night whilst other half had dinner - managing not to be sick but kinda feel that if i was i may feel better !!
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