Today, more and more women are taking prenatal yoga classes for various reasons. Some start due to their doctors’ advice or hearing about it from a friend or loved one. Others are veteran yoginis continuing their practice and some simply want to stay fit while connecting with baby.
A guest post from Pre and Postnatal yoga and fitness expert, Desi Bartlett.
Over my career I have worked with thousands of postpartum women who are chasing after the body they had pre-pregnancy. After one, two or several kids, a laundry list of body complaints plagues them:
- Diastasis recti – a soft-tissue split that occurs down the middle of the rectus and does not reconnect
- Clicking or painful SI (sacro-iliac) joints
- Peeing while sneezing, aka, “Snissing”
- Low back pain
- A feeling of disconnect from the core
This is just a short list of some of the common after-effects of child-bearing. I know from my students’ own stories that my Yoga Tune Up® approach has helped them to awaken their bodies, heal birth traumas and bring a greater sense of body peace than they had pre-pregnancy. I developed my approach through years of experimentation, study and listening to my students and experts.
But I had not yet been through the rite of passage of pregnancy myself. Until now. I am expecting in late February!
“Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power.”~Lao Tzu
Although all mothers know this, no one can truly warn you before it happens: Your body is never the same after you have a baby as it was before you got pregnant.
Sure, we see images of movie stars who bounce back from having babies more toned and fit than they were before pregnancy, but the reality for most women is much less seamless. Having a baby affects you inside and out: You stretch and move differently, and your anatomy changes — permanently — from that growing being inside your body. That pair of skinny jeans, your high school dress and your once stretch-mark-free body often become just a distant memory. This change can make women feel imperfect or less attractive than they remember themselves to be.
When I walked into the room for my first “official yoga class” (read: not with a DVD at home, which had been my practice for years) I felt weak. I was mom to a two-year-old and a four-year-old and I was out of shape. My stomach was flabby from cesarean sections, my leg muscles shaky and my self-image less than ideal. Feeling neither powerful nor like a rock star, I just hoped that yoga would help me get back the body I once had.
It wasn’t until the day that I held Plank Pose in yoga class that I finally got it: I still had an amazing body.
If you want to start a debate at the next party you go to, bring up birthing politics. Hospital or home birth? Drug-free or an epidural? Birthing tub or stirrups? And remember that not so long ago, there was only one option. It was called, “You’re doing this now, whether you want to or not.”
I have been sharing this with many people, but I have not yet shared it with you, though some of you may already know: I am pregnant. I am 16 weeks pregnant, and I am obviously thrilled. The first few months were a combination of excitement, joy and also worry if it would really be real this time!
Maybe it’s the spring air, but it seems like so many people I know are either pregnant at the moment or trying to get pregnant. And as with anything having to do with one’s body, what you eat can have a huge impact on your fertility. For anyone who might be hit with spring baby-making fever, here are some tips on how you might be able to increase your odds of getting pregnant by eating better.
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Michelle in Made of Honor.
Everybody always wants to know the secrets to how celebs bounce back so quickly after pregnancy. For Michelle Monaghan, it’s breast-feeding and eating organic.
- The new People features a photo spread on Lisa Marie and the twins. Photo courtesy of People magazine.
For some reason, I’ve always liked Lisa Marie Presley. I don’t know if it’s because she reminds me so much of her iconic father — or if it’s her take-no-bull attitude. I think it’s the latter. So since the 40-year-old singer gave birth to twin girls last year — their names are Harper Vivienne Ann and Finley Aaron Love — I’ve been dying to see which magazine the first photos of they’d would land in.