First up, here’s my 27 week picture. Welcome to the 3rd trimester!
Now going into it I expected a lot of stretching, a lot of breathing, and a lot of baby bellies. What I didn’t expect was that I would WORK, that I would become frustrated with myself, and that I would leave feeling so empowered and sore.
When I got there I set up my area with two blocks, a blanket, a bolster (which is a big tubular pillow essentially), a strap and my water bottle. I sat there like the socially awkward person I am and filled out my new person form, smiling at all the mommas walking in. It was a VERY full class, leaving little room for a lot of movement outside of the area of my mat – not my favorite part, but we made it work! We started the class off with some great breathing exercises, some light stretching (sorry guys, can’t remember the poses exactly!) and introduced ourselves. So far so good!
Then we started a series of squats and OHMIGOSH. Legs.On.Fire. I forgot to breathe because it was so painful at times. I got frustrated because I forgot to breathe and about the fact that it was actually painful. And then I realized: this is practice. Practice for fighting through the pain of childbirth, practice for pushing my body past it’s perceived limits, practice for making myself fight against the desire to stop when the going gets tough. And y’all? That practice still hurts today!
I have 9 more sessions of prenatal yoga (a gift from a friend) and I absolutely can’t wait to go back for more. I love that I left there feeling empowered to birth a child and that I feel like Nate and I can work through it together. I can honestly say that while I see the benefit in having a birthing coach other than my husband (i.e. a doula or midwife) it’s not something that I really want for the birth and it’s simply not something we can afford right now – but what I can afford to do is to let my body experience something incredible, the birth of a baby. I can afford to let God use my mind and my breath to work through the pain and ultimately lead me closer to Him and to my husband, regardless of how the birthing story goes.
All that from one class. Pretty awesome, right? 🙂