Fit 4 Birth! Exercise during Pregnancy

Welcome to Fit 4 Birth!

I work with Women’s Health, and have been supporting many women on their journey through pregnancy; they wanted to find balance and happiness in their body and mind while growing a baby. A different sense of wellbeing.

“I am in love with Belly Dance during Pregnancy”!

After working many years with Baby Massage, Natural Fertility, Dance, Reiki, Yoga, Meditation etc, I’ve noticed that  we often need extra support during this vulnerable time that is being Pregnant.

Our emotions can take over and often is beyond our own control, depending on the environment we live in and work things can be easier or more challenging. If we manage to integrate support into this journey then we may have a complete different experience. After my own labour/birth I can’t see pregnancy being fully healthy and balanced without exercise and a healthy diet; I had a very long labour and I managed to have it naturally at the end mainly because I was very prepared, well informed and as well healthy and fit. My stamina brought my baby into this world without induction, instrumental birth or even c-section despite what the medical team thought  – I surprised them at the end. My primal instinct helped me to get all the strength and energy that I had built throughout my entire pregnancy to be used towards the end and birthed a healthy baby girl.

Of course that there are many factors that will interfere in someone’s labour & birth; it may be part of the person’s life style, health, anatomy, choices or even the mystery of birth itself but at the end as a birth professional I came into the conclusion that we need to understand each and every woman’s context when giving them the right advice and support.

In my case, I danced throughout my entire pregnancy, and I also kept teaching Belly Dance (5 weekly classes) and Kundalini Yoga & Pregnancy Yoga and I was feeling really good until the last minute. I kept my weight balanced, only the bumped showed but my body was kept fit, strong and energised. BellyDancing and practicing Yoga on a weekly basis definitely helped me to feel good about myself, beautiful and full of joy. The third trimester was inspiring and I would have kept my baby in for another few weeks (she came at 39 weeks). The last moment was my favourite, even with its discomforts…

As I was very prepared for my birth, I practiced Mizan & Ayurvedic message on myself, I also practiced lots of relaxation, visualisation, chanting, meditation and had my chiropractic helping me with my back pain. Not only my body was ready but also my mind, my emotions .. my soul was fully engaged with the present moment.

When we help ourselves to feel vibrant and good throughout pregnancy, we not only helping our hormones, our mood, our flexibility in the mind and in the body, our posture towards life and towards our way of sitting, standing, walking and so on…but we are also helping our baby to be healthy and strong – full of life and ready to face the new world.

Exercise your mind & body and get fit 2 deliver your baby the way you want! You can do it if you Keep Up!

In my new programme that I have been working on throughout my pregnancy involves dance, yoga, movement of pelvic awareness, opening stretch, gentle exercises that will keep the body strong and toned; It will also work on the mum’s lymphatic, digestive and circulatory system.

Our programme covers breathing exercises and relaxation that will nurture you not only physically, mentally and emotionally for labour but allow mum and baby to create a healthy bonding and a deeper sense of love and connection.

“Did you know that Belly Dancing for pregnancy was actually used in women during pregnancy and labor for centuries?” 

These are some of the given and known benefits of prenatal exercise:

• Strengthening pelvic and deep abdominal muscles and all those muscles specifically used for giving birth (especially for vaginal birth), thus facilitating the process of birth and of recovery.

• Great for relaxation and relieving stress.

• Encourages the baby into a forward (anterior) lying position; optimal position for labor and birth.

• Can move a posterior baby off your back.

• Improve self-confidence and positive body-image.

• Aid and encourage good posture (physically speaking and towards owning her own pregnancy).

• Help maintain general fitness and wellbeing
• Promote good balance, flexibility and coordination.

• Relieves pregnancy back pain.

• Improves abdominal control and awareness.

• Helps maintain pelvic floor tone and therefore reduces chances of uterine prolapse in later life.

• Help you meet other expectant mums-to-be and create a sense of sisterhood.

Belly dancing is designed perfectly to help women’s bodies to be in balance and aligned. When done during pregnancy or labour as part of an active birth plan, its meant to be powerful and supportive!

In class we recommend mums to be aware of:

• Movements that can over stimulate your baby, so it’s best to avoid them until you’re near your due date. Some exercises for pregnancy isn’t recommended if you have pregnancy complications such as Gestational Diabetes, Pre – eclampsia, Placenta Praevia or a history of premature labor – always talk to your teacher about your health prior to enrolling.

• Always avoid the very sharp sudden movements, keep with the slow ones, if you feel any discomfort.

• Keep well hydrated, drink plenty of water; You can always leave the circle to drink water or use the toilet.

• Have a small healthy snack an hour or two before dancing.

• If you feel dizzy or faint stop and sit down.

 

PS: USE YOUR DISCERNMENT AND FEELING ABOUT DECIDING WHEN IS THE RIGHT TIME TO DANCE OR NOT!!!

Disclaimer: The information in this website is intended as a general guide only and is not a substitute for individualized medical care. I recommend that you consult your midwife, OB and Doula before taking on board a new practice!

When you feel ready, I am happy to be with you!