Prenatal/Postnatal, Yoga Practice

The post-baby “All Clear”


The post-baby pooch

The last time I did a proper yoga practice was April 17. I was 2 days past my due date and figured if this kid was going to make a late arrival into the world, I might as well get one last round of ashtanga in. He’s now 6 weeks and 4 days old, which means I went in for my 6-week postpartum check-up. I finally have the “all clear” for physical activity again!

Now, shhhh! I’ve been sneaking in some yoga stretches since he was about 2 weeks old. My back needed it desperately. I haven’t been able to really do much back bending since about the 2nd trimester of my pregnancy, so it’s been pretty cranky for a while. I kept it all pretty gentle since my organs were trying to get back to their original positions, and my ab muscles are still slightly separated. I feel like those things will take quite a few months. I remembered with my first son that it took more than 6 months before my abs felt like they were back to their rightful location.

In talking with the midwife, I need to hit the squats hard to tone my pelvic floor again. (Hello, mula bandha.) I’m not sure I ever toned it up that well after the first kid. Also on my agenda are heart openers. I’ve been slumped forward with nursing and cuddling that I need a lot of counter movements. And I’m gonna twist my spine like I’ve never twisted it before! It’s going to feel SO GOOD.

Yup, twisting, jumping and all the fun stuff again! I know it’ll take some time to get back up to speed where I left off before pregnancy, but I’m pretty excited to get back on my mat again. Besides, I need to take advantage of the rest of my maternity leave while I can.

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  1. Oh man. At about 30 weeks, my regular vinyasa yoga classes started feeling uncomfortable, even with modifications. Since then, I’ve been taking a prenatal yoga class once a week and doing yoga stretches at home twice a day (stuff like baddha konasana, twists, cat / cow, child’s pose, malasana, pigeon, and bridge). My due date is still about a month away, but I’m already daydreaming about the day when I can go back to my regular classes. I’m also dying to try out some aerial silks yoga classes that I just discovered are being offered close to home. Hurrah for getting back to it!

    • Terri says

      you’re so close to the end! by that last month, i did what i could, which meant skipping a lot of stuff and going really slow and easy. all in good time! enjoy these last few weeks. 🙂

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