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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.

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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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