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Bouncing back to shape after childbirth

July 6, 2015

 

Now you have your little bundle of joy and the excitement of the birth has died down, you might be thinking that it’s time you did something to get your pre-pregnancy body back.   Oh but wait, how can you work out and get back in shape when you have a baby to care for?  This is where Mum and Baby yoga comes in – the place where baby comes too and joins in, so you can work out together.

 

So what is the rise in Mum and Baby Yoga all about – Yes it’s new,  but it’s certainly not a fad to do Mum and Baby Yoga.  Not only is practicing yoga with your baby incredible fun, but amazingly beneficial for both of you.  You get to tone your entire body and while you challenge your core, thighs, arms and shoulders during this gentle yoga practice your baby develops essential co-ordination and motor skills.  

So how does Mum and Baby Yoga benefit mum?  First thing to say is that It helps to restore and tone the core muscles that have been weakened by the birth experience.  That said, the exercises are low impact and extremely safe – respecting the need to repair tone slowly to prevent further strain or injury.   There’s not a sit-up or abdominal crunch in sight, as these forms of exercise are not good for a postnatal mum because they further weaken the pelvic floor, which could eventually lead to organ prolapse in the future.  Practising Yoga with your baby will promote the bond between the two of you. The enjoyment of the interactive forms of exercise and eye contact will encourage touch, eye movements and verbal response which is your baby’s first language.  The closeness you will share with your baby in yoga practice will be felt in relaxation time, when you cuddle up with baby to settle down to learn how it feels to become calm and relaxed, which in turn will help your little one sleep better, giving you much deserved time to rest.

What does baby get out of it?  First and foremost lots of fun interaction with mum for continual bonding.  Gentle massage and fun moves to nursery rhymes provide tactile stimulation which is known to contribute to the development of the brain and nervous system.  A number of the yoga moves help stimulate the digestive systems to keep babies contented between feeds and help alleviate wind and colic and promote calmness and better sleep patterns.

 

Is it all Om and sweetness and calmness?  No, that’s fantasy.  It is as you would expect with a group of mums and babies in a room together, there will often be giggles, sometimes be crying, occasionally a baby “making a break for it” but the atmosphere that is encouraged is one that is relaxed, informal and non-judgemental. Mums remain responsible for their babies at all times but there is never any need to say sorry or worry about a baby getting upset, everyone understands you are right there to comfort you baby at all times.  If you try one thing as a brand new Mum – at least try this one.  

 

Mums with babies between 6 weeks and walking stage can register their interest now for Mum & Baby Yoga classes in Basingstoke by contacting Yoga with Gloria 0758 462 1857 yogawithgloria@gmail.com .

 

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