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Remember my unhappiness with the YMCA?

After I sent the letter, I got a nice response from the director thanking me for taking the time to write out my concerns and letting me know that it had been forwarded to the director of risk management.

When I mentioned it to my obstetrician, she thought I was being silly and should take it less personally. "Sure, it would be fine for you to make that decision; you're informed about your health. But lots of people don't follow their doctor's instructions." (That made me grumpy.)

Today I got an e-mail from the director of risk management, informing me that the policy has been changed and now they'll just use the regular waiver that they use for everything else.

::victory dance::

So I guess I'm going to prenatal yoga next Sunday!

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Incoherent rage gets the job done! (Eventually coherent rage?) That's wonderful news. :)

Extremely coherent, laser-focused rage.

I am glad that the YMCA took your concerns seriously! I was telling some of my friends here about your situation, and they all agreed with your view about it. (I didn't name you specifically, but I brought this situation up in the context of a larger conversation about women's bodies and who gets to decide about them.)

And your doctor's reply would make me grumpy, too. You were not being silly and you were not taking it too personally: that policy was about your body and about your ability to make judgments about your own body, both of which are very personal. Taking personal things personally is a reasonable response, if you ask me. :)

Plus, you've been rock climbing while pregnant, right? You wrote about needed a new harness that didn't go around your waist, was that also at the Y? I bet prenatal rock climbing is way more potentially dangerous than prenatal yoga, but you didn't have to get a doctor's note for that one, did you?

We climb at a different gym, which also has general yoga classes, but not prenatal-specific yoga classes.

I would not want to say one way or the other how climbing (the way I'm doing it now, which is pretty limited and quite safe) and prenatal yoga compare. There are not a lot of risks in either one. Biking, which I'm also still doing, is much higher on the risk list. (Not so high that I consider it a problem, obviously, but still riskier. I am not sure what I am going to do if my balance changes enough to make biking actively unsafe or really uncomfortable. Walking to the train station is possible but a hell of a time suck.)

There are substantially more risks in rock-climbing-in-general than in yoga-in-general, but there are also parts of yoga-in-general that would be a bad idea during pregnancy, some of them quite seriously bad ideas ("hot yoga", for instance). I'm not going to need to look out for those in a prenatal-specific class, where I do need to look for the risky bits in rock climbing and make my own adjustments. I'm much more comfortable adjusting my climbing than I would be trying to learn yoga and adjust it for pregnancy at the same time -- I don't feel like I have all the information I might need about how yoga things like inverted positions and possible blood vessel or nerve compression could affect me or Sputnik. I don't know how yoga normally feels, so I wouldn't be as aware of things that felt wrong. Since I've been climbing for a while, I feel competent to adjust that as needed, but for starting a new activity I definitely want someone with some pregnancy-specific experience along.

yay! shame on your obstetrician, though!!

I'm mad at your doctor but thrilled for you.

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