I posted this in my October forum and I thought it would be relevant for you ladies as well!
My hypnobirthing instructor invited a local belly dance instructor to our class this week. She did a short demonstration and I loved it! She teaches a class once per week and it's geared specifically towards pregnant and postpartum women. AND, she doesn't charge a big fee for a set series of classes! She takes donations per class, so I can show up whenever I feel like it. She developed the class after she found belly dancing to be very helpful in preparing her for her births (all four all natural!). She says she never felt the common pregnancy complaints (back & pelvic pain) and keeping active prepped her for labor.
Just the few minutes I did made me feel great. The pelvic movements were fantastic! I realize this class is probably pretty unique but it might be worth a shot to look around in your home towns or search for preggo-friendly videos. Heck, just wiggle your booty on your birth balls!
i wanted to take a belly dancing class but it was at bad times. I didn't have anyone to watch dd at the time of the class.
Belly dancing was designed for pregnant women to help tone those muscles for childbirth at least that's what i've read on it. I know a few basic moves so maybe i'll them out.. my hips/back have been KILLING me lately.
Jade, momma to Ariana 5/23/06 and Trystan 9/28/10
that is really cool! I just looked on youtube and there are videos on there of pregnant women belly dancing. It is interesting to me how some of the movements are similar to Polynesian dancing (which I have *attempted* to do, but my SIL's are a lot better at it than I am!)
This one is an ad for a prenatal belly dancing DVD...
I love belly dancing! I started taking lessons before I got pregnant with this baby. (TMI: My husband loved it so much that it's actually what helped us conceive this baby, lol) Unfortunately, we moved and the belly dance instructor here was just too far of a drive for me to handle.
I read something a little different on it, it was designed for a woman to show a prospective husband how good she would be at childbearing- skinny women need not apply. but thats why it works, because it enhances your childbearing ability, all those pelvic rolls and stuff help babies turn and descend... all those things you need them to do, keeps all the stuff toned too
Just finished my first class! I had a headache this morning and almost didn't go but I slapped an icepack on my head and toughed it out. I'm glad I did. It was sooo awesome! My little lady must have liked it too. She was bouncing around on the way there, took a snooze while I was shimmying, and then resumed bouncing when I left. The instructor combined some yoga stretches with basic belly dance moves. She worked up to combining a few different steps. I worked up a good sweat and left feeling like I was floating on a cloud. I'm definitely going again and I plan to practice what I've learned so far at home. I HIGHLY recommend trying it! Don't worry if you've been inactive so far (I'm guilty of couch-potato syndrome for sure) it's really pretty easy.