While some movement experts want you to believe that a pregnant woman’s body is inherently fragile, we can challenge this bias and misconception by simply observing women who stray from the rules, working in work or sports positions, all the while her pregnancy and soon after. And while this may not be the social ideal or what is best emotionally for both mother and baby, it shows us that even though pregnancy and postpartum are really phenomenal physiologically and anatomically, your body is not forced to break just because you lead or care for another human life and move at the same time.
Warning of all the above would, of course, be specific contraindications to movement during pregnancy and / or postpartum diagnosed by a healthcare professional (obstetrician, midwife, urogynecologist or physiotherapist). This is a wonderful reason to collect and understand entry forms for all classes of “special population” and to create relationships and referral networks outside of the yoga community.
** Special Notice: You can now take pre and postnatal yoga classes with the amazing and expert Lauren Anderson as part of the selection of classes at Jenni’s online class library!
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