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Midwife Led Pregnancy Yoga Classes

 

Women in general are now more health and fitness conscious than ever before. Many of us follow an intense exercise programme

and enjoy all the benefits that this brings. Many of us never even consider exercising until we become pregnant.

  • What happens then when you do become pregnant? 

  • Do you start to or stop exercising altogether, just to be safe?                                        

  • Do you adapt your own routine watching online videos?                                                         

  • Or do you search for a suitable alternative in an antenatal programme? 

  • And to whom do you go to for this advice?

I am here to answer all of your questions and provide you with a safe and effective pregnancy

yoga class, which will not only keep you fit and healthy during your pregnancy, but will also

help to prepare you for a much calmer and therefore less painful labour and birth. Please rest

assured yours and your baby's safety are my main concern. Many women believe that changes

to their body during pregnancy can inhibit their ability to exercise safely. It is true that

there are many changes you will go through whilst pregnant, however as long as you listen to

your body, take head of the advice given to you by mysel and develop no pregnancy complications,

there is no evidence to suggest that you should stop exercising. I will help you to prepare physically

and mentally for the birth of your baby.

Pregnancy Yoga will help you to prepare for labour and birth

 

  • Improved posture and flexibility which will make you feel fitter and stronger, helping to relieve stiffness and tension in your muscles and joints.. 

  • Practicing breathing and postures will allow your muscles to increase in elasticity and become pre-stretched, strengthening and toning them in readiness for your baby’s birth. 

  • Minor ailments of pregnancy such as swollen ankles, high blood pressure, varicose veins, backache and tiredness are reduced, through improved lymphatic drainage, a more toned body, better self- awareness and an improved state of well- being.

  • Yoga helps to improve your digestion and elimination which will encourage you to eat a healthier diet, which will help to maintain a steadier weight gain which will also promote a better state of health helping to reduce any antenatal complications you may encounter.

  • Practicing yoga helps to keep your energies in a natural balance, which allows you to grow in confidence and stay relaxed in the face of your ever- changing pregnant body and mind.

  •  Increasing your lung capacity through deeper breathing will help to reduce your stress levels, promote more restful sleep and allow you to develop an early bond with your baby that will deepen throughout your pregnancy.

  • Becoming more relaxed and focused on yourself and your breath will help you to cope with the inevitable contractions and associated pain when your labour begins. 

  • You will meet other mothers-to-be who you can share the experience of being pregnant and becoming a mother with. 

  • Finally, by practicing yoga regularly you will also enjoy a quicker return to your pre-pregnancy state and a deep emotional bond with your baby.

PLease be advised that to get the most out of your yoga practice, take note of the following:

 

  • Please check with your Doctor or Midwife prior to starting antenatal yoga to ensure that it is safe for you to do so.You will also be asked to complete a health questionnaire by myself prior to your first session. ·      

  • Please try and arrive 10 minutes before the start of each session to allow yourself time to gather your thoughts, relax and start to focus on yourself.  

  • Do not eat or drink an hour prior to the class. If you are worried about low blood sugar levels, or have gestational diabetes, please try and have a light snack no more than half to one hour prior to the class. You may find that sucking on a barley sugar sweet helps you with this problem.      

  • Please bring a bottle of water to sip on and drink following your practice as it is very important to replace any fluids you have lost during the yoga session.    

  • Empty your bladder prior to the class if you can.    

  • Wear loose fitting, light, comfortable clothing that allows you move to move freely and easily, such as leggings or jogging bottoms.    

  • Please bring a pillow if you would like to, to ensure optimum comfort during the relaxation session at the end of the class. A pair of warm socks and a sweatshirt may also add to your comfort during this time especially in the winter months.   

  • For your own health, hygiene and comfort please bring your own yoga mat. if you are unable to locate a mat I do have mats available for you to buy. They are of top quality and cost £15 - please advise me if you would like to purchase one prior to your first class. I have a few spare mats to loan out if it is your first class, so that you can try the yoga before committing financially.

  • Please make sure that your mobile ‘phone is turned off during the session to avoid any unnecessary disturbances. If you are waiting on an important call, please advise me prior to the start of class and put your ‘phone onto vibrate mode.

  • If you are new to yoga, please come near to the front of the class so that you can see me easily and I can help you accordingly with the postures.    

  • Listen to your body at all times and do not practice any postures that cause you discomfort or pain.  

  • Above all, please bring with you an “open mind” and an “open heart”, follow me and not your fellow students.    

  • Finally, do not compare yourself to anyone else in the class: this is your practice and you must listen to your body and work at your own pace. Please remember not only are you unique, but so is your pregnancy!