In the midst of your regular life, it can be sweet to take a few minutes to connect with your baby and appreciate the amazing thing your body is doing!

This is it! The final 5 minute practice video in the Prenatal Yoga for Your Back Series. You can do this one alone, or link it with the others for a longer practice. Don’t underestimate the power of 5 minutes… and do take the time to take care of yourself. You are worth it!

When everything is tight, it can be hard to get some relief from back pain. This short practice video takes you through some simple stretches to help ease discomfort. You can practice this video alone, or link them with the other videos in this series if you have some more time. But, don’t underestimate the impact of taking 5 minutes throughout your day to move and stretch!!

Here is another short practice video to help you find ease in your body and back. You can link it with the previous video, or do it on its own! Sprinkling movement throughout your day can truly help you – whether if you spend much of your day at a desk, or running around after a toddler!

This is it! The final 5 minute practice video in the Prenatal Yoga for Your Back Series. You can do this one alone, or link it with the others for a longer practice. Don’t underestimate the power of 5 minutes… and do take the time to take care of yourself. You are worth it!

When everything is tight, it can be hard to get some relief from back pain. This short practice video takes you through some simple stretches to help ease discomfort. You can practice this video alone, or link them with the other videos in this series if you have some more time. But, don’t underestimate the impact of taking 5 minutes throughout your day to move and stretch!!

Here is another short practice video to help you find ease in your body and back. You can link it with the previous video, or do it on its own! Sprinkling movement throughout your day can truly help you – whether if you spend much of your day at a desk, or running around after a toddler!

This is it! The final 5 minute practice video in the Prenatal Yoga for Your Back Series. You can do this one alone, or link it with the others for a longer practice. Don’t underestimate the power of 5 minutes… and do take the time to take care of yourself. You are worth it!

When everything is tight, it can be hard to get some relief from back pain. This short practice video takes you through some simple stretches to help ease discomfort. You can practice this video alone, or link them with the other videos in this series if you have some more time. But, don’t underestimate the impact of taking 5 minutes throughout your day to move and stretch!!

Here is another short practice video to help you find ease in your body and back. You can link it with the previous video, or do it on its own! Sprinkling movement throughout your day can truly help you – whether if you spend much of your day at a desk, or running around after a toddler!

One of the most common pregnancy complaints I hear is back pain. It’s common because it makes sense. When you’re pregnant, you’ve got natural weight gain, hormonal changes, and postural changes, to name a few. All these things can lead to discomfort and aches in your back.

There are some things you can do to help relieve your back:

  • Pay attention to your posture
  • Regularly move your body
  • Visit a specialist as needed
  • One specialist might be a pelvic floor PT who can recommend strengthening and lengthening exercises specific to you

The movements we do in yoga can help you, as well. This is the first of a 4 part series that focuses on back pain during pregnancy. Each practice is about 5 minutes long.

Do modify as you need!

And don’t underestimate the power of 5 minutes!!

Give the practice a try and notice how you feel before and after. Then sprinkle these 5 minute practices into your day. 

And let me know how it goes for you in the comments! I would love to hear from you!

Transition to Motherhood

In the midst of researching car seats, evaluating the potential benefits of a baby wipe warmer, and trying to find a comfortable position to sleep, a huge transition is happening in a woman’s life. 

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed. But the mother, never. A mother is something entirely new.”

~Rajneesh

It’s not always an easy transition. There are hormones swirling and feelings of nervousness and fear that can be compounded by lack of sleep. 

There can be a sense of loss for the woman you once were and the life you had. 

I sometimes think of the experience of becoming a mother as a seasoning of your soul. Showing up for your family, showing up for your kids. Learning a deep patience and experiencing love in action. 

There can be tremendous pressure on women to be perfect. I think of myself as a recovering perfectionist. And it’s challenging to know if you are getting this motherhood gig “right.” Being a mother can take you to a deeper place of compassion, and it starts with being compassionate and kind to yourself.  

I’ve been reading on this topic, and many experts agree that women have unique biological, hormonal and emotional needs during this time. And that, too often, these needs are not recognized and often neglected. And sometimes there is shame around having such needs. 

When I look up quotes on motherhood, which I do fairly often, what comes up a lot is a glorification of the selflessness of mothers. Of putting others first. Of pretty ways of saying to neglect yourself in the service of others. 

I think we can do better than that. Of course, we are going to take care of our children. But, I set a challenge to shift our thinking on what our own care can look like.

And I’m not talking about a checklist of things like getting a weekly manicure. I’m talking about communication and open conversations with your partner. About moving your body regularly and putting good food into it. About asking for and receiving help around food preparation, cleaning the house, and child care. About paying attention to your thoughts and how you are talking to yourself. And then putting some kind words in there. 

I invite you to think about the importance of regular rest and renewal in a culture that glorifies being busy. About taking time for your passions and interests. 

About being kind to yourself. There is still not enough research or bandwidth given to the changes a woman experiences from pregnancy through motherhood. So, be gentle with yourself. There is a lot going on under the surface. 

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