High Risk Pregnancy

I just started teaching Pre-natal Yoga at a rehab center. I have known the director for a couple of years, even filled in to teach the regular yoga class to these ladies, so I felt like I knew what I was in for when I offered to teach Pre-natal Yoga at this facility. Let me also say that I have been teaching and training Pre-natal Yoga for several years so this is not my first rodeo.

I have been volunteering 2xs a week at an odd time during the day to teach these pregnant ladies relaxation skills, breath techniques and asana to improve or relieve pregnancy. When I found out that everybody in the program will be giving birth in the next 6 months, I felt a sense of urgency to start the practice ASAP and 2 days a week, the girls were on board  with this same sense of urgency.

One more thing… I am super cautious when I teach or train in Pre-natal Yoga. Life is short and very precious. Enough said!

I went to the facility Thursday to teach, signed in, went to the room where we have the class – alls good – until the director sticks her head in the door and says…” blah blah blah and these ladies are all high risk pregnancy” . What was I thinking? It’s rehab! Rehab from tic tacs? It never crossed my mind that these babies were in such a high risk situation, these ladies seem like most of the other ladies that I have taught Pre-natal Yoga to in the studio. It should not have shifted my teaching but it did – the shift was in what or rather how I teach to these ladies, more cautious. It saddened me to  think that this high risk could have been avoided. I can go two ways with this – 1. thank God that these ladies have taken the right step and are seeking treatment and continue to help and support  2. turn away and never look back.

Helping is what I choose for now and what they do in the future I can not control, I only have this moment to provide what little I have to offer these ladies. Yes, it still saddens me but sometimes we need to be the change.

Be the change you want to see in the world. Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandi

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Maintain Health

Yoga, when practised during pregnancy, will help you not only maintain your health and well-being but also bring peace and freedom to the body, heart and mind of both you and your child.

-boost your energy

-refresh you when you are feeling tired

-it can calm a chattering mind

-can help you sleep more sound

-helps reduce backaches, constipation, bloating and swelling

-improves mood, posture and energy

-improves ability to cope with labor

-cultivates healthy bonding between mother an baby

just thought know should know – try a class to see for yourself. Namaste

Should I try Pre-natal Yoga?

I get asked this a lot when people find out that I teach yoga. I tell them it helps with breathing, it helps you to relax but… be careful when you decide to sign up for a class. Its important that the instructor is qualified to teach prenatal yoga. To find out her qualifications you can ask her, look her up at the Yoga Alliance website where she will be listed as a Registered Prenatal Yoga Instructor or ask for recommendations. This is a very special time in your life and you need to be cautious. With that being said, there are some teachers of prenatal yoga that have found no need to register with Yoga Alliance maybe because they have nursing degrees, doulas, midwifes or they have been teaching forever. I would still like to ask how they are continuing their education in prenatal yoga.

Yoga is very beneficial pregnant woman – like I said earlier it helps with breathing and relaxation. These benefits alone can help with the pregnancy, labor, birth and motherhood. The breathing techniques help the mother to calm the mind and body, providing the time for the body to destress and relax. The whole class is focused on preparing the mother for the birth and labor by hip openers, strength building, chest expansion and meditation.

Taking a prenatal yoga class is a great way to meet like minded people – make new friends and share your new experiences with

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Part 2 of Foods & Beverages to Avoid

Lets start with my favorite…

Cheese

Dont Eat Unpasteurized soft cheese such as feta, brie, camembert, blue-veined cheese, queso fresco, queso blanco and panela.

Do Eat Check the label when buying soft cheese to make sure it’s made with pasteurized milk

 

Other Foods

Don’t Eat Prepared salads from the deli (especially if the contain eggs, chicken, ham or seafood)

Buffet or picnic food that’s been sitting out for two or more hours

Stuffing cooked inside a bird, unless heated to 165 degrees

Raw sprouts or any unwashed produce, especially lettuce and cabbage

Do Eat Reheat any left overs until steaming hot, again 165 degrees

Peel fruits and vegetables or wash them well

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Beverages

Don’t Drink  Alcoholic beverages

Unpasteurized raw milk

Unpasteurized or fresh squeezed juice

More than 12oz of coffee a day

Do

Wash all fruits and veggies before juicing

Limit your caffeine to 200mg a day and watch out for sneaky caffeine in teas, soft drinks, energy drinks and chocolate

Tittibha Prenatal Yoga

Food and Beverages BEWARE

 

I found this article on foods and beverages to avoid and thought, really? I tried to list all the foods that are on the “avoid” list in my head and found that I could not recall all of them. Being a Prenatal Yoga Teacher and Teacher Trainer I thought I had it all down… ha! I’m thinking it has more to do with age now. Anyway, here are the foods and these are suggestions an by any means the end all list of foods to avoid during pregnancy.

Fish

DON”T Eat: raw or under cooked fish or shellfish (oysters and clams), fish with high levels of mercury, including shark, swordfish, king mackerel and tilefish(golden or white snapper), unpasteurized, refrigerated, smoked, or pickled fish unless heated until steaming, do not eat more than 6 ounces a week of canned (yuk, who can eat it any way?) “solid white” or albacore tuna

DO Eat: cooked fish to the temp of 145 degrees or until opaque in the center, eat up to 12 oz. of low mercury fish, such as salmon, shrimp, pollack, or trout

Meat & Poultry

DON”T Eat: Raw or under cooked meat or poultry, refrigerated meat of any kind(ham, roast beef, hot-dogs,  bologna, prosciutto, pate) unless heated until steaming 165 degrees, dry, uncooked sausage, such as salami and pepperoni, unless heated until steaming hot. Be careful of the rotisserie chicken in the grocery stores that are refrigerated – they are the ones from the previous day and they are not always cooled to room temp before placed in the refrig.

Eggs

DON”T Eat: Runny or undercooked eggs, raw cookie dough(darn it :C) or cake batter that contains raw eggs, homemade desserts that contain raw eggs like, eggnog, ice cream, custard, chocolate mousse, hollandaise sauce (missed this item too) bearnaise sauce, mayonnaise, and Caesar salad dressing.

Kinda takes the fun outta eating but it is worth it to be cautious and to be protective of you and the unborn. It’s only for a few months and then you can go back to your normal eating.

I will be a few other foods so stayed tuned…

Thought This Was Interesting

Is it safe to have a drink or two at dinner while I’m pregnant?
Christina Chambersepidemiologist

This is a controversial issue. Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) was first identified more than 30 years ago, and yet there are still many unanswered questions about the risks of drinking moderate amounts of alcohol during pregnancy, including how much it takes to cause birth defects and why some babies seem to be affected and others don’t.

We know that women who drink heavily during pregnancy have an increased risk of having a child with FAS. Babies with FAS have a constellation of severe lifelong problems: they’re born smaller, often continue to grow poorly, and have physical abnormalities and learning and behavior problems.

But full-blown FAS is only the extreme end of the spectrum of what can happen when you drink alcohol during pregnancy. A broader category known as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD) affects many children whose mothers drank while pregnant. These children don’t have all of the physical features of FAS but do have learning and behavior problems.

Right now we don’t know what amount of alcohol is safe to drink during pregnancy for every woman, so we say, as does the U.S. surgeon general, that it’s best to take the “better safe than sorry” approach and avoid alcohol entirely when you’re pregnant. And since most people don’t find out that they’re pregnant until several weeks into the first trimester, you should also avoid drinking if you think you could be pregnant.

Russell Turkobstetrician

Because it’s virtually impossible to prove that even a small amount of alcohol is safe, most physicians recommend avoiding alcohol altogether when trying to conceive and definitely during the first trimester when most of the fetus’s vital organs are developing. (However, many women report having had a drink or two before they realized they were pregnant and that their babies are okay.)

Although regular consumption of alcohol has been clearly associated with fetal alcohol syndrome — a disorder characterized by retardation, birth defects, and neurological impairment — many obstetricians feel comfortable with their patients having an occasional drink (a glass of wine or a beer every once in a while) in the second and third trimesters. Just remember that the safety of drinking alcohol during pregnancy hasn’t been clearly documented because the effects on a developing fetus may be so subtle or not yet identified.

Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

The Tittibha Prenatal Teacher Training School, RYS is offering a Yoga Alliance approved pre and postnatal teacher training. This is currently the only Yoga Alliance approved Pre and Postnatal certification in North Carolina.

This program is designed to provide the participant with safe, informed and current methods for teaching prenatal yoga. You will leave feeling confident in your knowledge of bringing yoga as a form of health and wellness to your clients, both Pre and Postnatal.

Nancy Gilbert, E-RYT is a certified Pre and Postnatal instructor, RYPT. She brings not only her knowledge, but also integrity into her teaching. Nancy has been teaching Pre and Postnatal yoga for several years and her keen love of Prenatal yoga shines through in her kind attention towards her Mothers–to-be.

This 85-hour training in Pre and Postnatal follows the strict guidelines of Yoga Alliance. Though open to all interested, only YA certified teachers can apply for their certificate with Yoga Alliance after completion of training. Midwives and Doulas are invited to participate to deepen their practice. All participants must be currently registered within an approved organization. CEU’s are available with special arrangements prior to each weekend session.

Space is limited to 8 students to maintain an intimate and interactive experience.

Dates & Pricing for Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training

4 weekends to complete the training in 2013:

  • Febuary 8, 9, 10
  • February 22, 23, 24
  • March 8, 9, 10
  • April 12, 13, 14

Hours:

  • Friday: 5:30-9:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:00-6:00pm
  • Sunday: 9:00-4:00pm

Tuition:

  • $800

Required purchase of teaching manual: TBD

Required purchase of additional text: The Female Pelvis: Anatomy and Exercises. Author Blandine Calais-Germain. This book can be purchased online.

Refunds available with written notice until February 6, 2013, less $100 registration fee.

No refunds after February 7, 2013.

For more information: yogaconnectionnc@gmail.com

919-971-1431

PS if you are interested and are coming from out of town we may still have some rooms available to rent from a local resident inexpensive. Clean and quiet

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