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Posted: 04 July 2010 09:23 AM   [ Ignore ]  
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Hi there -

I began my Bikram practice about 1 month ago and love it! I’ve never felt so good and hope to continue practicing for years to come.  However, I am concerned to continue my practice right now while I am trying to get pregnant since I’ve read that it can decrease the chances of getting pregnant. I’ve also read that it is fine.. so I am torn.  I am a 30 yr. old female, healthy and had 1 prior pregnancy.

Is it okay to continue to practice while I am trying to conceive? Or will the heat affect the fertilization of an egg/sperm? If it is fine, how often should I go in order to not over do it? I love Bikram, but I really want to get pregnant asap.

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Posted: 05 July 2010 02:24 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]  
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Hi Lelly

I can just bet that any so-called evidence either FOR or AGAINST doing or starting hot yoga during pregnancy is based on anecdotal experience, fear, hearsay, ignorance and totally befuddlement. LOL

I have read that people believe that doing yoga in the hot room will result in small sized babies! Hmmmm. Based on what controlled study with how many moms to be?

My point? You have to make up your own mind. You will find other posts that give people’s opinions. Mine is that if you are trying to get pregnant or you are pregnant, then do what you know. Ie don’t START a practice in the hot room (unless you’re absolutely 100% aligned with your decision!).

Can you think of a reason why you shouldn’t do the yoga? What qualifies as a valid answer is if you believe it’s contraindicated in your case. If you’re in class and every time you’re worried for your own health then don’t do it. But if you’re feeling fabulous and know you’re doing the best for your health and wellbeing then continue the yoga.

The other thing is that you have been pregnant before. How was the pregnancy? This could determine the way you think now.

I must add that if you’re attending a studio where the heat is unduly high then this can be risky for everyone. So take the commonsense approach. Do the yoga in the right conditions.

There are PLENTY of women out there who have conceived during their practice of hot yoga (not literally wink ) including me.

Remember that rest is an important part of your practice schedule so maximum 5 times per week.

So, what do you think?

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Posted: 06 July 2010 03:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]  
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Thanks for the feedback, Gabrielle. I really appreciate it!

Yep I totally agree, I would not want to continue to practice while TTC and if while in class I’m getting a sense of alarm or feeling uneasy. A month or so into my Bikram practice, I feel great, less stressed and am not struggling to get through the 90 minutes of class. I definitely feel fantastic and more revitalized and wish to continue. So, the only reason I can think of to not continue, is due to paranoia that while I’m in the room I might be potentially killing the sperm because of the heat..  thus reducing the chances to conceive. I’m not 100% sure how hot the body temperature would need to get to ‘kill’ sperm, but I just want to make sure that I am not “taking two steps back” and prolonging conception because of my Bikram practice.  Also, I wonder if perhaps I should not attend class during the time I’m ovulating, if that would make any difference?

The studio I go to is 95-105 degrees and about 60% humidity. I plan on going only 2-3 times a week, so hopefully that would not be enough to make a difference conception-wise.  I do find comfort that you, as well as others woman have conceived while practicing Bikram/hot yoga and hope that I can do the same.


Thanks again!
Lelly

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Posted: 09 July 2010 07:37 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]  
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Hi Lelly

I really have no idea about the issue of temperatures affecting sperm as it pertains to hot yoga. I do know however that some studios have a cooler part. Are there places you can practice where you can feel a slight breeze or a little more air circulation near a window or a door? Somewhere where you’re sure your body is able to keep the cooling mechanisms in check?

Just a thought. Sometimes it can be in our heads and a slight tweak in our mental approach say, due to your physical position in the room, can make a big difference to keep your mind at ease.

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Posted: 09 July 2010 09:36 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]  
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Great idea.. I def will make sure to find a spot near the door/windows. I’m sure it’ll help ease my mind.  Thanks so much! =)

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Posted: 21 August 2010 08:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]  
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Hi folks,

I’m new here, & about to post on the hot yoga & ivf thread but I found this one…

As a lover of Bikram and someone who’s been on a fertility journey for three years, I’ve done an awful lot of research.

I’ve been told to steer clear of hot yoga while trying to conceive by fertility experts and by one of the fertility books - ‘The Fertility Diet’ (though I’m not a big fan of that book).

For women, the main reason we are advised to steer clear of it is because of basal temperature. Basically, if you chart your temperature every day for a month & also do ovulation tests, you’ll see that you release an egg on your very coldest day of the month and only on that one coldest day - if you mess with your temperature, you may not release that precious egg, or not release it at the optimal time.

The temperature dip that initiates ovulation is scientific fact. There isn’t any research on whether hot yoga stops ovulation happening - but it seems like common sense to avoid it at least around the time of ovulation.

Of course there will always be some women who get pregnant if a man across the road sneezes, but for those of us struggling to conceive, it’s no harm having all the info so we can make informed decisions.

Both doctors and yoga teachers need to focus more on the info IMHO. Doctors often seem to tell us what to do, without giving us the reasons why - and that leads to confusion, doubt and following the advice of the uninformed.

On the other hand, I believe my Bikram teachers need to smarten up a bit - all I’ve heard from them regarding bikram & conception is platitudes regarding feel good hormones & how other women have been fine. They work with a system which uses temperature - yet they don’t understand the importance of basal temperature in a woman’s cycle? Ignorance posing as expertise, I’m afraid.

(BTW, in every other way, I’ve found Bikram great, but fertility is too important to listen to someone who does not have enough training in this area).

Another tip - one of the reasons the docs tell us to cut down on exercise while trying to conceive is that eostrogen is stored in fat cells, so it’s good to have a few of them to spare!!

I’m 5"4 & a mere 115lbs narturally, so I’m tucking into a pizza right now - doctor’s orders! :-D

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Posted: 27 August 2010 03:50 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]  
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Hi stretchygirl

Thanks so much for your post. I really appreciate hearing your story. It’s a lottery to know how any body will respond to the ‘challenge’ of conception and gestation. I am positive it’s more than just due to physical phenomenon. And please - don’t read anything into that because it’s not a commentary about your situation at all. What I acknowledge is that it’s unique to everyone and includes more than just issues of sexual health, but also attitude, nutrition, and such a myriad of issues it would be impossible to account for them all (and then how those elements interplay!). So ultimately who’s to know what tipped the balance for anyone?

You’re right that it may be necessary to take extra care if you’ve had difficulty in conceiving. I guess that’s when you look at statistics and anecdotal evidence and then make your own mind up…

What I would like is that rather than the teachers boning up on the info to a certain standard that could be too high to expect from a yoga teacher is for those to whom one speaks to acknowledge in honesty “I don’t know about that”, or “I don’t have experience in that area”. Giving advice or platitudes when one knows nothing (or insufficient to give advice) is not helpful IMHO.

Most yoga teachers are simply not qualified to give advice on most subjects simply based on their yoga qualification. They are certainly not fertility specialists! I am not being flippant at all here and in fact I am being quite serious.

You have done the right thing and taken responsibility for your situation and that’s is truly the best thing you can do.

I hope 1) that you fulfill your dream and fall pregnant and 2) that you really enjoyed your pizza LOL

Thanks for posting

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