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My NaNoWriMo Warmup: Prenatal Yoga

It's that time of year again! My local NaNoWriMo group is having their annual Halloween costume kickoff party tomorrow, and then there will be biweekly write-ins throughout the month at a couple of cafes in town.

I'm not exactly participating in NaNoWriMo this year, but I do plan on attending the write-ins, just for fun, and to give myself special time to work on a couple of creative writing projects I have already started.

And I just started taking prenatal yoga classes at a local studio!

You might be asking, what do these two things have to do with each other? In my mind, they're totally connected. Yoga practice has a number of effects that will help me through NaNoWriMo.

First of all, cankle prevention. I've been practicing yoga throughout my pregnancy with home DVDs. Taking a class in-person is more fun, but the DVDs have been nice to have around. And I notice a huge difference when I skip a workout or two--my legs and ankles start to swell, and I feel more achy and bloated. As long as I'm practicing yoga, I have no swelling in my hands and feet--and I can comfortably fit into the sexy spike-heeled boots I plan to wear with my Pregnant Luchador costume for the kickoff party. (There will be pictures of this posted later, I promise!)

Second, typing comfort. The anti-inflammatory and spine-lengthening effects of yoga mean that I won't get carpal tunnel syndrome or back pain while I sit in a chair in front of my laptop for a couple of hours.

Third, mental acuity. As a pregnant woman, I need all I can get. The progesterone has had me on a constant Valium-like, trippy haze of adorable absentmindedness. At least, I hope it's adorable. People are definitely more forgiving with a woman sporting a gourd-shaped belly full of baby. But I just don't get things done like I used to, especially creative writing things. Exercise gives me that boost of energy and alertness that I am not allowed to suck out of a triple latte cup during this time in my life.

Fourth, peace of mind. I know I'm taking good care of my body and growing baby, so I can focus a little bit on other endeavors without guilt or worry. Any less anxiety about the world in general, the pain of labor and childbirth, and the physical recovery process means more positive focus I can place on my writing. Staying fit and limber shortens labor, minimizes pain and trauma during birth, and helps women recover quickly and completely after childbirth. While I'm on an exercise regimen, I can sit down and relax in the knowledge that I'm doing the best I can, and everything will probably be just fine.

So what is everyone else doing to limber up for NaNoWriMo? Cracking your knuckles? Building creativity receptor helmets? Stockpiling clean laundry and frozen dinners? Only two more days!


  1. Ehm I'll have to admit that I'm rather unprepared for NaNoWriMo... plust I need to move flats in November. *badtessa*

    Ah well.

  2. Nothing much changes for me, unfortunately...the life of the unemployed. But I am still excited. I figure my daily routines will stay about the same, maybe with a little less Twitter time...


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