Happy Thursday everyone! 🙂 This week’s Community Spotlight will be shining on the founder of Sweet Momma Yoga, the fabulous Elise Bowerman!!! Elise is truly one of a kind. When she’s not busy running the Sweet Momma Yoga studio, she’s spending time with her family and instructing incredible Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga Classes. Within the walls of her studio, she facilitates parents finding peace, empowerment, resilience, and reassurance within themselves and between each other as a community. So if you’ve been feeling the pressure of pregnancy, parenting, or just life in general lately, look no further!
We interrupt your daily internet adventures to bring you a video of this amazing pregnant mama kicking butt on the dance floor:
We wish we could dance like Chachi! When this video first came out, there was some controversy about whether or not it was safe for a pregnant mom to be shaking her tail feathers (flawlessly, we might add) out on the dance floor like this. Well we’re here to debunk some myths and share some fun facts about prenatal workouts and exercise!
FUN FACT #1: It is completely safe to exercise during pregnancy
Especially if you were active before you found out you were pregnant. In fact, doctors actually encourage it regardless of how active you were before pregnancy! Not only will exercising build up your endurance for labor, but it will also improve blood flow, help position your baby, and decrease the risk of birth complications. So essentially, Chachi’s got the right idea! If your body can push out a baby, it can handle a little exercise 😉
FUN FACT #2: Labor is like a marathon.
FUN FACT #3: Prenatal exercise can help alleviate unpleasant symptoms and help you have a smooth labor
Whether you’re walking for 15 minutes a day or jamming it out at zumba, keeping your body in motion has been known to have amazing effects on the pregnancy/labor experience. Including the following:
- Easing back pain by strengthening the muscles that are usually strained/thrown off-balance by your baby growing so quickly
- Relieving any swelling in the limbs by ramping up the movement/ use of fluids throughout your body
- Easing constipation by increasing blood flow around the body which causes the intestinal muscles to contract and push more waste through
- Sleeping better (because who isn’t tired after a good workout? 😉 )
- Increasing strength for labor which will allow you to explore more birth positions and improve your comfort while you’re birthing your baby
- Shortened labor by equiping your body with extra flexibility, strength, and endurance for the more taxing parts of labor
- Developing breathing/mindfulness techniques for labor
- Decreasing the likelihood of an emergency C-section
AN IMPORTANT REMINDER: Listen to your body!!
FUN FACT #4: As long as your doctor has not said otherwise, exercise does NOT increase the likelihood of miscarriage or premature labor
There are, however, a few scenarios in which exercise is NOT safe during pregnancy.
But as long as you’ve gotten the OK from your doctor,