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I've done yoga off and on for most of my adolescent and adult life, but haven't done much in the last several years. I'm feeling really stiff, though, lately, and was thinking that I should pull out the Gaiam prenatal yoga DVD I have. But, then I thought: is it too late to start? I'm almost in my 3rd trimester.<br><br>
I'm intellectually comfortable with the positions, and did this DVD with my last pregnancy, so mind-wise, it's nothing new. It's just that my body is way out of shape, other than from being constantly on the move.<br><br>
Oh, and no, I can't take a yoga class. Just not in the budget right now.<br><br>
Last caveat: I see a chiropractor, and think I probably have PSD.
 

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It's never too late! Just take it slow and listen to your body. I did lots of yoga before I was pregnant as well as during and I seem to remember those prenatal yoga classes being well suited for the 3rd trimester.
 

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I agree. Take it slow and listen to your body, but yoga is one of the best things you can do for yourself right now. Other than feeling a little stiff at first, I bet your body remembers the feel and the flow and will respond really well. I've been doing yoga on and off for most of my adult life, but had been off for a few years before this pregnancy. I took a few classes in my first tri before morning sickness set in, and then nothing until about half way through my third tri. I've been going weekly for the past 6 weeks or so to a regular yoga class (not specifically prenatal) with my neighbor, and it's been wonderful. My instructor is wonderful, and I'm well aware of what modifications need to be done (no deep twists, no "crunch" type poses, and don't squish the baby) and just modify or sit out anything that doesn't feel comfortable. My hips are always a little achy the day after, but I feel so open and centered when I'm done. Enjoy, and good for you for doing something for yourself!
 

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Nah, never too late. Just start out light and work your way up. I skipped first trimester yoga because of morning sickness, and then started beginning of 2nd tri.
 

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I have never done much yoga before this pregnancy. I love it so much! I can totally feel when i haven't done it for a several days, i get really achey and stiff. Yes! do yoga, and as pps said, listen to your body, and only stretch as much as you feel comfortable. It is so worth it for me. I can't believe how much better i feel physically, and more emotionally balanced as well.
 

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Thanks for the inspiration, ladies! I'm going to pull that DVD out tomorrow. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Glad to hear you're going for it! I was going to echo waht OP said - especially since you are not new to yoga, go for it! I'm looking forward to the nausea stopping so that I can do yoga again, it can only help.<br><br>
Hope it helps you feel looser and helps you get ready for birth!
 
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