Eating well and moving freely are key to health — even in the womb! Spinning Babies® loves prenatal yoga for this reason and many others. When you and your baby move together, a full range of body movement is created. Babies that move more freely in the womb may have improved expression of their best genetic material.
Prenatal yoga helps you develop balance, strength, supple movement, and endurance. Some pregnant people also report better sleep, reduced stress, decreased lower-back pain and improved bonding with baby. Structured stretching is great childbirth prep, too, since you’ll practice mindfulness and learn to soften your body and focus on your breath. You may also develop community with other pregnant people you see each week and stay in touch after birth — a win-win during pregnancy and for postnatal peer support!
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts when stated with emotion and intent. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself throughout the next week:
- De Vries, J. I., Visser, G. H., & Prechtl, H. F. (1982). The emergence of fetal behaviour. I. Qualitative aspects. Early human development, 7(4), 301-322.