It’s not just about the squats (although the squats are strengthening). Here are some of the lesser-known benefits and considerations of prenatal yoga:
The beginning of pregnancy can bring so many highs and lows. From the emotional response to the uncertainty of this new journey to bouts of nausea and exhaustion, you may struggle with not feeling like yourself.
In addition to my yoga + movement recommendations for the first trimester, there are thankfully some great products that can help alleviate early pregnancy symptoms and help you feel more like the incredible human being you are. Here are my recommendations:
YETI tumbler - excellent at keeping water COLD so you can stay hydrated. I carry this with me everywhere.
Hatch Head Peace - cooling + compression wrap offers relief from hormonal and good old-fashioned headaches alike. I love how it can double as an eye pillow for naps.
Prenatal vitamin - to support your body's additional nutritional needs. Always check with your healthcare provider for the right supplement for you.
Preggie Pops - convenient to have on hand when...
Honoring how you feel each day during pregnancy can be challenging, especially in the first trimester. But slowing down and becoming aware of the changes happening in your body can be incredibly beneficial at the beginning of your pregnancy.
To be honest, I didn’t feel like moving at all during most of the first trimester this time around! Between the intense exhaustion and nausea, I struggled to feel like myself.
So what can you do to feel your best? Here are my recommendations:
1. Breath work - Always start with the breath. Your breath is a tangible tool that you can use throughout pregnancy, labor, birth and parenthood. Learn how your breath can support you when you need it most.
Practice straw exhalations to tone the transverse abdominus muscles (TVA). This muscle wraps around the torso like a corset and is crucial for supporting your body during pregnancy and postpartum. When you breathe with deep, slow, complete exhalations -- as if exhaling through a thin straw...
Have you ever looked at the ingredients of your beauty products?
For me, it started with searching for a deodorant without aluminum that actually worked. I tried so many brands and once I finally found one, I was so excited that I bought the deodorant for all of my friends. I haven’t looked back and now use as many clean and cruelty-free products as possible.
Pregnancy and postpartum are especially important times to reconsider what you’re putting on your body. Thankfully there are so many excellent products for moms-to-be, you’ll probably want to keep using them even after your little one’s arrival!
What are your favorite clean beauty products? Tell me in the comments!
[This blog post contains affiliate links to things I love.]
Preparing the body and mind for childbirth is a trip, and we could all use a little roadmap. To help you create your own path, I’m sharing some tips and resources I’ve learned through prenatal yoga teacher training and my own motherhood journey.
Whether or not you've practiced yoga before becoming pregnant, there are some important things to keep in mind when approaching your physical yoga practice.*
NEW: Get access to a full library of pre-recorded prenatal yoga classes taught by Jane. Classes are designed for all trimesters, and they're on-demand, so you can practice on your own time. Click here for details.
1. Keep in mind the sensations in the pregnant body will differ during yoga practice than your experience before becoming pregnant. You may not feel familiar "stretches" you're used to, partly because the body is producing more relaxin to let your belly grow, your ligaments loosen, and eventually prepare for labor....
We all know that moms need support in raising children, but few realize that support in the process of becoming a mother is just as crucial. Especially considering the evolving effects of COVID-19 on our healthcare system, new mamas can better navigate the profound psychological and emotional changes that take place from pregnancy through postpartum with the right *virtual* support team.
Matrescence, or the process of becoming a mother, is much more than giving birth. It’s a physiological and emotional journey that is best supported with guidance from trusted experts and skilled providers. This team can be just as effective when engaging remotely.
Your provider, whether obstetrician/midwife/doctor of osteopathy/family physician, is your home base for information on giving birth safely, especially now as we continue to learn about the effects of COVID-19. They can help guide you with the changing information and guidelines for pregnancy and delivery. Your provider is your best...