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Prenatal Yoga

Pregnancy is an ideal time to start a prenatal yoga practice. We used to think that pregnant women shouldn’t start any new exercise programs that they weren’t doing before. We have since learned that exercise is an extremely important ingredient for a healthy pregnancy, and can prevent a whole host of complications, including gestational diabetes. The recommendations now from the American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists are to start your exercise program as soon as possible, and to get at least 30 minutes of exercise on most, if not all, days. No matter what form of exercise you choose as a mama-to-be, it’s important that you can trust it is safe for your stage of pregnancy and for your unique concerns. Our prenatal yoga classes are specifically designed to prevent and relieve the aches and pains of pregnancy, and to introduce the relaxation response—to reduce stress on your body and on your baby, and to promote feelings of well-being. Yoga during pregnancy doesn't have to be "a workout" to count as exercise. The work we are doing to release tension, reduce stress, and support the body in returning to health and balance is all part of it--the perfect complement to any other exercise options you might choose. Our focus at Mama Seeds is on safety: slowing down, stretching out, and letting go. Pregnancy is not the time for pretzel-positions! That's not what we're about. We’ll encourage optimal baby positioning in our movements, for an easier birth, and learn to breathe. We have many new mamas who are trying yoga for the first time when they come to us, and so many have reported that it helped them more than anything else they did to prepare for birth. These could be your perfect prenatal classes, too!

September 22, 2013

Are you ready for baby? Here are the 6 things that really matter.

By / Birth, Birthing Classes, Breastfeeding, doula, I Wish I Had Known, Labor, Pregnancy, pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Preparing for Baby / Add comment

Preparing for birth (and a baby) can be an overwhelming task. The mamas- and dads-to-be that I counsel are always looking for help prioritizing the MOST important things, so they can adapt their budget and make sure the big pieces are covered. So here it is: my best advice for which boxes to check as you prepare for baby. It might not be what you expect.

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August 08, 2013

The best advice I ever received

By / Back to Work, Balancing life, Exercise, Mama Time, Parenting, Postpartum, Postpartum Exercise, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Yoga, pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Preparing for Baby, Postpartum Recovery / Add comment

When you are pregnant or have a new baby, everyone is full of advice. I tended to ignore a lot of it, I’m sure it was well-intentioned but it just didn’t seem to apply to me. But shortly after I had my first daughter, I got the best advice ever. It literally changed my life. 

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July 25, 2013

Prenatal massage and yoga transformed my pregnancy and eased my transition to motherhood

By Tatsiana McGee / Exercise, Exercise During Pregnancy, Labor, Mama Time, Massage, Postpartum Exercise, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Yoga, pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Preparing for Baby, Postpartum Recovery / Add comment

My pregnancy experience with my daughter was so enhanced by  massage and prenatal yoga that I refer to it as “M.Y. Pregnancy,” or “Massage and Yoga Pregnancy.” Massage and yoga made me feel so healthy, comfortable, strong, graceful, beautiful, confident, and joyful throughout pregnancy, provided invaluable tools for childbirth, and eased the transition into motherhood. Prenatal yoga and massage complement each other beautifully: while sharing some of the similar benefits, both of them offer unique benefits of their own. 

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June 05, 2013

“This helped me more than anything else I did to prepare for birth.”

By / Birth, Bradley Birth, Exercise, Exercise During Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Yoga, pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga / Add comment

It’s true: countless mamas have told me over the years that while they read many good birth books during pregnancy, and their independent birthing classes were fantastic, the thing that helped them prepare for labor—more than anything else—was their prenatal yoga practice. 

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April 27, 2013

Don't stress about stress: Prenatal restorative yoga makes it all ok

By / Body, Exercise, Exercise During Pregnancy, Pregnancy, Pregnancy Yoga, pregnancy, Prenatal Yoga, Preparing for Baby, Sleep / Add comment

Modern mamas-to-be know what’s best: eat a healthy diet, practice safe prenatal exercise daily, rest adequately, hydrate thoroughly, and pop prenatal vitamins diligently. And because we were all able to plan the *perfect* pregnancy, we have dutifully scheduled these lifestyle requirements into our calendars for several months prior to conception. And stress? No! That’s definitely not good for the baby, so we will simply put an end to that. Right?

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