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Yoga?

Post by PMApsy » Thu Apr 22, 2010 2:07 pm

Hi everyone!

I have started a yoga routine every morning. I've also started an FET cycle and transfer should be around May7th or so. My clinic advises its patients to stop exercising after ET, and to refrain from exercising until a heartbeat can be seen on the monitor (which confirms that the babies are well attached).

So I'll stop cardio and pilates. But what about yoga?

I can see the huge advantages yoga could have for this cycle. It's important to keep stress at a minimum level, and yoga could help me be aware of my stress level, and help me manage it. I also know it's important to keep a nice blood flow to the pelvic area. Hence why so many protocols use aspirin, why acupuncture tmts focus on that around ET, and why PUPO or pregnant women can't lift anything heavier than 5 pounds (the crouching and lifting interrupts the blood flow).

But some yoga poses also involve using your strength when, for example, you're doing a sun salutation or an inverted asana. Does it become exercising, then? I don't have enough yoga knowledge to adapt the routine at will, so I'm just asking a general question about it. What do you think?

...oops, time to sniff some Suprefact! Cheerio! :D

Sophie
1st and 2nd IVF = BFN 1st FET BFP! m/c at 7 weeks. 2nd FET BFP! 3rd FET BFN
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Re: Yoga?

Post by PMApsy » Wed May 05, 2010 1:19 pm

:D I see that a few people checked the link so I'll post the answer I got just in case someone is interested! :D

I had a private yoga class yesterday and it was a-ma-zing! :D She told me a bit about her own IVF struggle (7 years!!!), so she completely understood my tmts and adapted my routine accordingly.

Which brings me to important info about exercising after ET. She checked with her yoga master, and he advised to stop exercising completely after ET. Her master suggested a 10-day "quarantine", she suggested 15 just to be sure. Apparently, it's super important not to put ANY pressure in your pelvic area during implantation time. So between ET and the first beta, all you can do is breathing exercises (feeling your pelvis, ribs, then collarbones, and tibetan breathing sitting on a block or on a chair). And the end of that quarantine, a few days before beta, you can add a very fun pose that relaxes your back, opens your hips and increases blood flow in the pelvic area. You sit with your whole side, leg and shoulder against the wall, and then you twist towards the wall and lie on your back with your legs up. You place the soles of your feet against each other, toes included, and you bring your heels as close to your pelvic bone as you can. You rest your hands, palms up, on each side of your hips and you breathe into your pelvis. it's an amazing posture, super good during AF, and you can keep it for as long as you like. It's good to have a towel under your head to make sure your chin is tilted towards your sternum a bit (so your forehead isn't tilted back).

Between your BFP and heartbeat u/s, you can slowly add more poses, but it's very gradual. I think the breathing exercises will be very good to just "be" inside my body, relax and be aware of what's happening. Keep a peaceful attitude through it all. I realize that meditation, breathing and walking are indeed just enough to keep my body healthy and aware without putting the delicate implantation process in jeopardy. 10-15 days is nothing compared to all the years of tmts, waiting, and so on, and all the years I have before me in this life. Compared to a whole pregnancy in which I'll be able to do most of the exercise I want to do, it's nothing.

So there you go. I've decided to follow her advice not because I'm scared too much exercising will cause a BFN, but because I want to help my body and respect the pace it needs in that delicate phase of the process. When I look at it this way, I find it touching and beautiful.

Namaste! ;)

Sophie
1st and 2nd IVF = BFN 1st FET BFP! m/c at 7 weeks. 2nd FET BFP! 3rd FET BFN
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Re: Yoga?

Post by zitinia » Tue May 18, 2010 2:08 am

Good luck on the Pregnancy test:)When you are pregnant you can slowly go back to your routine......i excercise as well and i used to go to gym pilate classes my teacher back the was pregnant she had her last class monday and gave boirth on thuesday.....so she said if the body had been trained for at least a year before the pregnancy it is just fine(if there are no complication)
lets pray for BFP
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Re: Yoga?

Post by PMApsy » Tue May 18, 2010 1:36 pm

Hi there!

Thanks for the info, it's good to know! It always amazes me to hear stories like that. Like my friend who finished her shift at 6pm and gave birth to her daughter a few hours later. Some people never waste a second, lol! :D

Lots of baby dust to you dear,

Sophie
1st and 2nd IVF = BFN 1st FET BFP! m/c at 7 weeks. 2nd FET BFP! 3rd FET BFN
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