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Q&A: Doing Yoga in the First Trimester?

Is it safe to do yoga? I'm about 7 weeks pregnant but in October of 2006 I miscarried around 9 weeks. I just want to play everything on the safe side. —MissMoochie

In general, it is safe to do yoga during pregnancy. It is important to stay well-hydrated and avoid Bikram yoga or yoga performed at hot temperatures. If you had a first trimester  miscarriage in a prior pregnancy and have had no problems with your current pregnancy such as vaginal bleeding or spotting, yoga should still be OK. But, if you are concerned or anxious about  exercising given your history, I would suggest waiting until the second trimester before starting or resuming yoga.

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