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It’s been MONTHS! An update on teaching yoga and pregnancy

December 7, 2011

OH YEAH I said it — pregnancy.  I’m pregnant!

With twins!!

IDENTICAL twins!!!!!

But first, teaching yoga.  Since September I’ve been volunteering for 3 hrs a week (all in the same night) at Healthworks Community Fitness.  I teach 5-8 year olds, 8-12 year olds, and teens.  It’s been fun, but a total challenge.  First, where the yoga class is is usually a room for running around.  So kids aren’t used to doing something more structured and calm (at times) there.  So I’ve had to adapt and we pretty much just play yoga games.  We did yoga freeze tag a TON, obstacle courses, marco-polo and blind man’s bluff, freeze dance, musical mats, etc.  I’m not sure that they could name poses other than the sun salutation and warrior.  Second, the kids run around like crazy.  All the time.  Even when we’re doing something structured there’s a kid or two who will run around, or play with a ball, etc.  It’s been a challenge of my classroom management skills.  Which…I’ve learned that I don’t really have.  Definitely something I will be working on as I proceed with teaching.

 

The teen class was generally good, if not well attended.  The girls liked learning the sun salutation, and were always worn out by the end.  I heard “that wasn’t as easy as I thought it would be!” quite a lot!  I liked challenging them and showing them that yoga can be a workout, too, while at the same time a great compliment to pretty much any workout.

 

I was disappointed that I couldn’t make teaching at Academy of the Pacific Rim work out, but because of my doctor schedule, I just wouldn’t get enough actual work in during the day.  I really missed those kids and hope to return in the fall!

 

So…onto pregnancy!  I’ve had, I must say, an incredibly easy pregnancy thus far.  Little morning sickness — only icky feelings until exactly 10 weeks.  My only food aversion is tempeh.  Until very recently, I was generally comfortable all around.  It’s amazing to me that I’m growing two people and still feel pretty good!!  I am able to do most yoga poses, if slowly.  Abs have pretty much been out but I can still do plank and variations of (side plank is getting to be a challenge of balance).  Sun salutation has felt gooooood.  I just have to move more slowly because of blood flow.

 

Fun fact — a woman’s blood volume increases between 40 and 50 percent in pregnancy!  One of my doctors (I see two regularly) said multiples pregnancies can experience even more than that.  Either way — my head rushes very easily.

 

Our twins are identical.  We know this because they share a placenta.  Here’s a brief diagram of types of twins:

Because of this (and because of twins in general), I’ve had an interesting diet!  The Tone It Up plan, I fully believe, has fully prepared me for this.  I’ve had no real cravings because my body is getting everything it needs!  I focus on protein first.  It’s been proven to help with twin-to-twin transfusion issues (where 1 twin gets too much blood) and is generally good to have in pregnancy.  I also, of course, eat veggies and fruits regularly.  I’ve increased my dairy intake and whole-grain carb intake, too, to help with calories.  And, per doctors’ orders, I take a prenatal, DHA, iron, extra folic acid, and Vitamin D every day.  So far, so good!  Again, I think the reason I haven’t had many cravings is because my body is getting fully fueled!!

Here is a quick series of belly pictures, at 12, 15, and 20 weeks (current):

I’m due in April, and can’t wait to meet these baby boys!!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. December 8, 2011 11:18 pm

    Awesome post! I will keep an on eye on your blog.

  2. December 9, 2011 1:47 pm

    This is amazing, I’m so happy you’re all feeling good.Cant wait to hear more about it, and for pictures to come 😀

    xxx

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