baby bump, pregnancy yoga

Cooking a little yogi – Sustaining a yoga practice throughout pregnancy

Tomorrow i will be 19 weeks pregnant, the time is flying and now I’m in the second trimester I’m finding i have much more energy than the first.

The first three months were hard for me to stay active, i was lucky enough to not get any morning sickness, just light nausea every now and again, my energy levels however were very low and the thought of practicing yoga or doing anything physical for that matter were literally just thoughts that i tended not to act on. The first 7 weeks or so were fine and i continued with my normal practice, but around week 8 i really started to notice the difference.
pregnancy yoga
Tree Pose  / Vrksasana
The mornings were better than the evenings, but i usually had to leave the house for work around 7.30am so a practice before i left was not accessible to me when i was feeling so low of energy.
I decided i needed to get out of the mindset, that a long sweaty 90 minute practice was needed, for starters i just didn’t have the energy for this and secondly this wasn’t what my body needed at this point in my life and my pregnancy. I had to switch my practice to something that would be beneficial to both me and my growing baby, and i had to get out of the mindset that if i didn’t do at least a full hour then it wasn’t an accomplishment.

I started to tell myself, that little and often was fine, and any little snippets of movement i could get into my day were an accomplishment. I wouldn’t always roll out my mat, sometimes i’d be watching TV and i’d do some cat and cow movements in my living room, and this might be enough for one day. Some days i’d do my 20 minute warm up routine that i practice at the start of a class, this would allow me to stretch out, move around and connect to my breath. I usually found at least an hour each day at the weekends to do a full practice, but this was still a gentle practice.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, that we can be too hard on ourselves as to what an achievement is. A few weeks ago it was an achievement to even get out of bed, so doing a ten minute yoga practice on top of that was something i felt really proud of.
Now i’m up to week 19 and getting my energy levels back, i feel like i want to move around more again. i’m doing a very modified practice, i hate any kind of stomach stretch so no cobras or up dogs for me but my body feels like it wants to move.
Listening to your body is the most important thing in all of this, especially at this special time when your growing a little miracle inside of you. If something doesn’t feel right, modify it to suit you, you know your body better than anyone else.
Its so easy for us to be hard on ourselves, but if pregnancy has taught me one thing, its to respect my body and how I’m feeling so that i know I’m doing the best for me and my baba.
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Simple living room stretches
I’ve been posting some of the gentle movements that I’m practicing on my Instagram account.
Check it out if you’d like some inspiration, and let me know if you’ve felt the same as i have above. I’d love to know how others are feeling.
Love L x

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