get to know - madeline + her bump

Hellooo everyone!

When I first found out I was expecting, I didn’t think twice about whether or not I’d be continuing my yoga practice. Over the past ten years at the studio, I’ve seen dozens of women come in and practice throughout their pregnancy and a handful of instructors teach throughout theirs as well. I checked with my Doctor, who said that as long as I was staying hydrated he didn’t see any problem. The first couple months were probably the trickiest. To avoid any nausea I was constantly eating…and stretching on a full stomach has never been my favorite thing. As my body started to change I began doing prenatal modifications that seemed to fit better with how my body was feeling. My sleeps been good, I haven’t had any heartburn (knock on wood), and by the grace of some god I passed my glucose test on the first try. The only thing I can think of that has helped keep things moving in a good direction is yoga. There was a week where I wasn’t able to get in and practice, and my partner and I had decided to take a little weekend road trip. After sitting in a car for five hours-my lower back was super achy. It’s become apparent that moving is better than not moving. It’s also been nice to be able to have some quiet time because it seems like my brain has been on overdrive for the past eight months. It’s helped me pay closer attention to how i’m feeling, be more responsive and less reactive, and help deal with the new feelings that came up for me when I realized I was going to be a mom. Least favorite thing about practicing while pregnant? No forward compressing! All I want to do right now is rabbit pose. Most fav? Still getting to see the best people every day. I’ve been asked if yoga has helped with labor and delivery. My guess would be yes-i’ll be able to answer that for sure in a couple weeks! :)

Stacey Bank