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Prenatal Yoga – Your questions answered

We’re ever so excited about our very own new arrival. Our Prenatal Yoga classes will be commencing in the New Year.

Let’s get you Mama Bears limbered up!

 

Whether you’re whiling away the weeks until you can safely share the news, or on the countdown to the big B day, pregnancy can be a daunting time. Yoga during pregnancy is uniquely valuable in preparing your body and emotions for the challenges ahead. You might already be a keen yogi, or perhaps you have never tried it before, but chances are you have some questions about what Prenatal Yoga involves.

We’re very fortunate to have a wonderful teacher in Linda, who, as well as having three children herself, is an expert in Prenatal Yoga, birthing and the all important pelvic floor. We’ve asked her all the questions you might have about beginning a Prenatal Yoga class and maybe a few you haven’t thought of!

I’ve never done any Yoga before. Is now really the time to start?

Absolutely. Pregnancy is an exceptional time in your life and one where it’s vital to take your fitness, nutrition and wellbeing seriously. Our Prenatal Classes will help you through your pregnancy and prepare you emotionally and physically for labour. Novice Yogis needn’t feel daunted, we won’t be getting you to contort into any ridiculously acrobatic positions! The focus is on fundamental things that will empower you to get through the birth.

It’s worth knowing that your employer is obliged to give you paid time off for medical appointments during pregnancy but also any prenatal treatments your doctor or nurse might recommend, including relaxation and antenatal classes.

What will we be doing?

Relaxation is as important to your growing baby’s healthy development as diet. You’ll learn ways in which you can slow down intense contractions, find rest during a long labour, how to get your endorphins flowing and find your stamina.

We practice self hypnosis techniques, relaxation and prime your body. Classes help strengthen and open the body to cope with the demands of pregnancy and help prepare the body for birthing. This isn’t just a case of a bit of gentle breathing and stretching. We are preparing you to give birth. It’s called ‘labour’ for a very good reason! You wouldn’t run a marathon without training, why would you expect your body to be able to give birth without getting ready?

We also work on your alignment and posture. This is so important throughout your pregnancy, not just during the birth, as you help your baby to get into the right position and protect your back and abdominal muscles.

How many classes do I need to take to feel the benefit?

We have taught women for just a single session and they have found it incredibly beneficial, however we would recommend that you come regularly throughout your pregnancy to reap the full rewards. Much of what we learn is improved through practice; techniques which will help you through labour.

At what stage of pregnancy should I start classes?

We recommend you wait until your second trimester (after 12 weeks) as after this point most organs have formed and the pregnancy is considered ‘safe’. You can begin at any stage after that but we would strongly recommend that you don’t leave it to the last minute! The more you practice, the more valuable and ingrained it is.

We have women in our classes up to 42 weeks pregnant and we can help them with techniques to get labour underway.

Coming on a regular basis also helps you to find a sense of community as you build up relationships with the other mums in the group.

Is there anything I need to bring?

Do bring water and if you are still feeling nauseous make sure you have a supply of biscuits (or whatever’s working for you) to nibble on.

What should I wear?

Whatever makes you feel comfortable. We have yet to have someone turn up in anything quite as fabulous as this but we’re sure there’s a first time for everything!

Wear something that will allow free movement and keep you cool. Leggings and a t-shirt is perfect.

Are you completely sure it’s safe for my baby?

Not only is it safe, it’s extremely beneficial. Women who take the time to relax and focus on their wellbeing in pregnancy and labour preparations are laying the foundations for a positive birth experience. This doesn’t necessarily mean a straightforward birth, but one where, even if surprises and challenges do crop up, you feel empowered and able to make informed choice.

How long are the classes?

The classes run for between one and a quarter hours to one and a half hours. Long to give enough time to have a deep guided relaxation session.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in contact. We would love you to join us in January so do get in contact to get signed up.