Photo by Prenatal Yoga Center
Have you tried prenatal yoga? I know tons of baby mamas-to-be who take classes.
Flashenberg has been teaching prenatal yoga for seven years, and she recently completed a Midwifery Assistant Program, in addition to her experience as a labor doula -- so she's pretty up on the topic.
Here are some reasons to consider giving it a try -- and how Flashenberg says it can help with labor and delivery:
- It strengthens the entire body to help support the added weight of pregnancy.
- It builds strength and stamina for labor -- the world's oldest athletic event!
- It promotes flexibility and suppleness, which can help prevent injury and discomfort.
- It promotes relaxation to prepare for the ultimate exercise in letting go.
- It improves circulation in a time when blood and water volume in the body is massively increased.
- It offers an opportunity to focus on just yourself and your baby.
- It can help teach you to cater to your individual needs and to your individual body -- prenatal yoga is not "one size fits all," and neither is labor.
- It helps develop a sense of community and lets you connect with others going through the same thing.
You could check out a class in your area if you live someplace where yoga studios abound -- it you don't, try the free yoga videos from the Prenatal Yoga Center. And connect with Yoga Mamas -- sweet 824 posted about doing yoga during pregnancy, and moms got back to her with encouragement and a DVD recommendation (The New Method: Baby and Mom Prenatal Yoga.)
For pregnancy lifestyle and health tips from Flashenberg, check out her blog.
Have you taken a prenatal yoga class? Do you feel it's helping prepare you for labor and delivery?