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My back has painfully seized after I stopped doing yoga following my last embryo transfer, making moves like this out of the question (not that this particular move was ever in the question for me!)

So I had my first yoga class in three weeks yesterday and spent the rest of the day in pain. I will therefore never stop yoga again, no matter what I read about it being potentially risky for the success of an embryo transfer.

My back has literally seized up. I can hardly bend over and the pain makes me feel sick. I’ve been in pain now for almost a fortnight. But my yoga teacher and my osteopath tell me I ‘must get things moving again’ so I obliged in yesterday’s class by creaking my way slowly through the asanas.

Afterwards I went to lunch a friend and spent the whole time writhing around on my seat trying to keep my back as mobile and comfortable as possible. To outsiders I must have looked like I was either coming onto her or being very overexcitable and animated – luckily she knew better.

Driving home was painful – I had to breathe through the discomfort. Half way, I stopped at a chemist to buy some voltaren and panadeine, both of which I spit swallowed (yummy!) as I was desperate for instant relief. My lovely husband was waiting with a hot water bottle and some tiger balm when I got home, after which I fell into a stupor when the pain finally eased.

Today it’s a little better. I am moving it as much as possible and will do some more yoga.

I never want a repeat of this so will continue with my yoga through future embryo transfers, as I think my health and well being must be optimal if I am to carry a baby to full term, should I ever fall pregnant again. I will just make sure that my practice is much slower and more gentle and will take some tips from ‘Hoping for Rainbows’ who commented on one of my previous posts.


Comments on: "Yes to yoga, no matter what" (6)

  1. I reckon, considering there are so many Yoga for pregnancy classes, as long as you take it a bit easy it can’t do any harm. It isn’t like not doing it helped so maybe it’ll be good for your state of mind.

  2. I did a ton of yoga right before I got my BFP… just sayin’ šŸ™‚

    • Well that sounds very encouraging – it’s another plug on the ‘ do yoga’ versus ‘not doing yoga’ side – especially as you are now up the duff!

  3. Well.. if you had been coming on to me -I would have been honoured! Hope your back is feeling better darling xxx

    • Hi darling, you are eminently come-on-able too! My back is feeling much better thanks to my osteo and this week’s yoga sessions. But I’ve just got in from some gardening and I think I’ve tweaked it again, aargh! Bring on the hot water bottle and voltaren..:-(

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