What I'm Reading...

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What I’m reading…

Active Birth by Janet Balaskas

In early November I’ll be lucky enough to take a prenatal yoga instructor training through Blooma. In preparation for the class, I’m reading this book about staying active and incorporating yoga poses during labor.

What I’m learning…

“You will gradually become familiar with the discomforts and even the pain of going beyond your usual limits…as labor and birth will demand going beyond your normal limits of pain endurance…The exercises will teach you to surrender to the forces within your body…and will also help to reduce the pain by enabling you to relax and accept the feelings rather than tensing up against them.”

I love this quote! It reminds me of when I first started yoga. My instructor encouraged us to hold poses long enough to start feeling irritation and tension and then to move to the other side of the irritation. I still hold onto that idea many years later. Being able to relax into contractions allows your uterus to more effectively contract and open your cervix. Tensing up can make contractions more painful and less effective.

Maggie Mehr