Guest scuffite Posted August 31, 2003 Report Share Posted August 31, 2003 I am in the very early stages of pregnancy (starting 7 weeks now) and am 32 years old. I have been taking classes for 20 months now and have been doing at least 4 classes a week for the last 4 months. My doctor says that I can continue ballet but to stop the jumps. All the western books promote exercise during pregnancy too but the Asian mentality is basically ballet is off-limits for the whole pregnancy period, which put me in a conundrum for some time. I would love to hear from anyone, particularly those who have been through it or the teachers, as to: 1) should I do ballet in my first 3 months, supposedly the most fragile period? 2) what exercises did you stop doing and at what stage? 3) did you encounter any problems? did it affect the pregnancy? 4) at maximum, how many classes should I do a week? I went for my first class after confirmation of the pregnancy, yesterday. The teacher was great about it and very supportive (and discrete!). Jumps at the barre were changed to passes for me and I sat out the jumps in the centre. Another question here: what is the right etiquette when I have finished my portion of the class? I continued staying in the room, stretching quietly at a spot behind the teacher (where I am not in anyone's way), and mentally dancing with my fellow students! Should I leave the room and observe from outside through the glass wall instead? For the first few exercises at the barre, the right side of my abdomen felt a little sore (it had been for the past week - I am not sure but it could be due to the open surgery at around that spot I had 7 years back for ovarian cyst) and I could not do back bends properly. However, after that and especially by the time we have moved to the centre, the right abdomen muscle had tightened and did not feel sore. As it is all the Asians whom I have consulted (apart from the doc) are terribly shocked that I am continuing..... which makes me feel very guilty, esp if something goes wrong. But it is just so difficult to give up ballet, even if for a few months! Thank you in advance for the advice! Quote Link to comment
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