We could all use a little humor from time to time. But when you have a little person growing inside of you and your moods are going haywire, then it is safe to say that this need is greater than the norm. Check out this personal story and see if it gave you the giggles as much as it did for us.
I had heard all about pre-natal yoga. I bought my sister a Kundalini video before the birth of her second child and after a few Sat Nams, the kid slid out in, like, 15 minutes. I’m particularly excited that there are no twists, no PMS energy in the room and no boys –
thus no need to suck in my gut anymore!!
I arrive to class and fit in right away. We go around the room sharing the experiences of our ever-changing bodies “My boobs are huge.” Me too! “I feel humungous,” I’m with ya, sister! “I crave ice cream constantly!” Yikes, maybe I really am pregnant.
Thankfully, I get placed in the group of the first trimester mommies-to-be (pfew!) I feel like a superstar in class. The actual pregnant girls are getting fatigued more easily, and can’t do as much while lugging around 30 extra pounds of budding baby, as opposed to my psuedo-carbo-baby.
I enjoy my prenatal experience so much that I decide to take my exploration further and check out “mommy and me” next. But, as opposed to prenatal, this class isn’t one I can just eat my way into. I need one extra little yoga prop besides my bolster and strap.
I knock on my neighbor’s door. “Um… Can I borrow your baby for yoga?” Score. Happily strolling to the studio, I can’t wait to share my favorite pastime with my new yog-ette in training. She’s decked out in Baby Om gear and I’m quite confident that her Happy Baby and Childs poses are already quite advanced. The moment we arrive at the studio, however, she breaks out in hysterical tears. “It’s okay, Molly. Lots of pent-up emotion is stored in the hip joints. Let it go.”
As I hear myself say those words to my new yoga buddy, I realize that’s exactly the point for me as well. In yoga, we learn about accepting “what is,” to flow with the circumstances that present themselves, and not to resist life’s ups and downs (on the scale or otherwise).
So you see, while every pregnancy is different and every woman’s body is different, there are still a few things that might help to lighten up our day every now and then.
If you have a pregnancy story of your own, please do not hesitate to share it with us and who knows, you might be helping someone else to get through a tough pregnancy.