This weekend in class we had a jam packed schedule. On Saturday we had a Prenatal Yoga Workshop with our Anatomy Teacher, Janine in which I got to pretend that I was pregnant!
Check out the baby bump!
It was interesting to learn how someone's yoga practice would evolve from the first to final trimester. As well as the things that should be avoided during all three, such as hot yoga (baby's temperature is always one degree higher than the mothers).
These are some things that stuck out to me during the workshop:
- Most miscarriages happen during the first trimester
- Prenatal yoga is important for expecting because they find a community that supports them
- We help the mothers feel empowered and become an advocate for themselves
- In the first trimester: no deep twists, never heat the body, twist from the thoracic, avoid inversions, jumping, deep back bends
- Recommended poses during 1st trimester: hip openers, pigeon, warrior 1 and 2, triangle, half moon
- In the second trimester, mother is starting to feel more comfortable and usually gains around 10-15 pounds around this time.
- Recommended poses during 2nd trimester: chair, warrior 1 and 2. warrior 3, wide legged standing poses should be decreased.
- Open twists can help with back pain.
- No retention breath
- No inversions once the baby is engaged
- In the third trimester encourage deep breathing, cat cow is really beneficial during this time.
- Legs up the wall and downward dog with hands on the wall
Check out my video below to hear more about this experience as well as the rest of the weekend. Also a special thank you...