This April I got the exciting news that I was pregnant! As exciting as this news was I found out very quickly that being pregnant, as amazing as it is, is not easy. There are so many things you can’t do or even eat when your pregnant and so many things in your body are changing every day. Being someone that has been practicing yoga regularly for the past 2 and half years I was immediately concerned about how this was going to change my practice. For the first few months not a lot about my practice had to change but shortly into my second trimester when my belly started to show more and more every day things started to get more challenging. This summer I finally decided it was time to start prenatal yoga and I’m so happy that I did.
One of the biggest difference about prenatal yoga is the beginning portion of class. At the start of each prenatal class the students are given a chance to introduce themselves and share where they are in their pregnancy and how their feeling. I absolutely love this part of the class! Before I started prenatal I thought this part of class might be a little awkward but turns out it’s one of the best parts of the class. I can’t explain how nice it is to not be the only pregnant women in the room for once and being able to talk openly about what I’m feeling and what I’m going through is amazing. This being my first pregnancy there’s so many things happening in my body that are brand new to me and a lot of the time you feel like nobody understands how you feel or that they’re sick of hearing you talk about being pregnant all the time so just having the chance to talk without feeling like that is something I’ve really been loving. I also love hearing about what the other women are experiencing, especially when they are further in their pregnancy than me because it gives me an idea of what may come as I get further along. Also, sometimes while sharing others students or the teacher might end up having a suggestion on how to help deal with whatever it is you’re going through at that time. This part of class is one of the things that keeps drawing me back to prenatal.
The other thing that’s difference in prenatal is that pose are modified and the sequences are based on building the strength needed throughout pregnancy and labour. The sequences are also designed to help relieve aches and pains that are common through out pregnancy. I noticed there is a lot more emphasize on leg strength and most pose you do a lot more swaying than you would in a regular flow.
One of the other great things about prenatal yoga is that there is so much opportunity to tune inwards and connect with your baby. I find when I’m doing a regular flow class my brain is always going to baby because not only do I want to make sure the poses I’m doing aren’t harming me or baby but during yoga is when I notice the most how in the way my belly is getting. Being in a class that brings attention to this is pretty awesome, I’m less worried about how I look or whether or not the pose I’m doing is okay for me while I’m pregnant.
I will definitely be going to as many prenatal classes as I can before baby is born.