One of the first things I tell Moms-to-be in a prenatal class is that it is a place where you can actually be pregnant.
This may sound silly, redundant even, but a women fulfills so many roles – wife, daughter, sister, co-worker, confidant, taxi driver, grocery buyer (add your own) – that while people may be overjoyed to hear our news, we are still required to fulfill all of the duties that come with those roles. All this, while our bodies work at a literally dizzying pace to create brains, hearts, bones, lungs and cute little toes.
We are held on pedestals while pregnant, we become public property, but in a manner of reverence, from my experience, as if we are the saviours of the future – which we actually are.
But after we have our babies, for many there is a sense of being dropped, as if that relatively comfortable hammock of support is pulled out from beneath us. We are left alone – with no manual – in a state of complete exhaustion. And when does our body and nervous system heal and renew? When we rest.
Pre and Postnatal Yoga provided me with a sense of stability. I have seen many women make the transition into Motherhood with grace and ease. I was not one of those women. After my first birth I developed post-partum depression. My birth went nothing like imagined, ending in a scheduled caesarean birth. After following every conflicting tidbit of advice and intervention, I couldn’t breastfeed. Even with support, I spent three weeks without stringing three consecutive hours of sleep together.
Leading up to my birth I attended prenatal yoga classes. We focused on grounding, breathing, and moving – in that order. I came to Continue reading Prenatal Yoga and Parent and Baby Yoga – Grounding as an Essential Life Skill