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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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

Breast Feeding Benefit Revealed

 

 

I have always heard that if you can then breast feed but nobody has ever been able to give exact benefits and Duke University has discovered that “Human milk promotes the growth of biofilms of beneficial bacteria that line the intestinal tract of healthy babies, helping digestion and the development of the immune system and acting as a barrier to bad germs.” News & Observer Section B, August 28, 2021, page 1. You can read the rest of the article at nando.com/health.

 

Stretches for the long haul

In the last post I mentioned the stretches for the car ride to the family visits – you know the ones – when retired people request that you take time off from your job, ride in a car for 5 or more hours pregnant to visit for three days, ride 5 more hours still pregnant only to have to wake up the next morning at 6 am to go to your job and make up for lost time at your job. Yes, this really does happen all the time so I teach in my Prenatal Yoga classes stretches to in the car on the road. Your husband will look at you funny while you do these stretches but remind him just who’s family is torturing you, while pregnant with his child, by insisting on the visit. Just explain to him that you need to stretch to keep from getting tension, tightness or cramps from sitting for long periods.

  1. While sitting in a chair, bend the arm at the elbow, extend the bent arm straight out to the side from the shoulder, now place the bent elbow on to the car window, take a long inhale and long exhale. Try to move the bent elbow further towards the seat belt area near the door frame of the car (behind). You are opening the right side of the shoulder and chest area so remember to take long inhales and exhales to relax those muscles. Keep moving the elbow back, pausing to take a breath with each move but keep it safe.
  2. The left arm can be stretched the same or you can extend it behind the drivers seat and relax. Be sure to do both sides of the body creating a balance.

I hope that this helps with those long rides. I use this technique all the time at my desk and it helps keep the chest area open. You can also reach behind with both hands and grab the chair back with both hands, bend or straighten the elbows and lift the chest to create a stretch in the front body. Ahhhh, it feels good. Just do not recommend that you use the reach behind method in the car. Happy Trails untill next time!

Batteries and children

Heads Up Moms and Grand moms! Me being in the  grand mom category, have never thought about the possibility of children swallowing the button batteries and the HUGE dangers that they pose. I read that in the US every 90 minutes a child is taken to the emergency room for a battery incident.

Please share with other moms the potential danger of the key-less remote batteries for your car, tv remotes, cards that play music when opened have small batteries, small flashlites

If you read this and have a battery idea  that I did not mention please post it and share. This is really sad, children loose the ability to talk, or worse death and this is so simple to avoid.

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