Baby and Mother-Postnatal exercise
Exercises in the postnatal period for mothers and their babies
This class combines yoga techniques with exercises that support the new mother and offer her a safe place where she can find her strength again, find ways of connecting with herself and her child, meet other mothers that are going through the same experience and to express her concerns and questions.
In this class, we provide special care for the pelvic floor – even after a ceasarean delivery – and we have created a mixture of exercises for the muscles of the perineum.
Physical exercise in the postnatal period can start straight after labour. We start with simple exercises and we gradually add more intense ones. Women who have given birth with caesarean section can start 4 weeks after that.
Every woman in the postnatal period can attend these classes and benefit from a range of exercises that are specially designed for her.
Strengthen your body quickly and effectively.
Postnatal Yoga and Pelvic floor recovery
Now that your baby is finally in your arms, it is time to start taking care of your body in a different way, compared to when you were pregnant, in order to deal with the changes that your body keeps going through.
In the postnatal yoga classes we use movement, balance and flow of postures/asanas to empower and strengthen the whole body. Certain points of the body where tension is accumulated are relieved, such as the back, the shoulders and the waist.
We focus on pelvic floor exercises, which can be practised by all women even after a ceasarean delivery.
Of course, we spend valuable time practising relaxation, breathing and concentration so as to reduce any stress, insecurities and to empower the body’s ability to rest.
Postnatal yoga classes also help new mothers who might feel tired, by becoming more self-aware of their bodies, identifying their needs, making sure they get enough sleep and have a balanced diet, while they choose the people they want to have on their side, in order to experience motherhood with happiness and confidence.
Allow yourself and your baby the time to connect and get to know each other. We avoid intense exercises, especially for the abdominal muscles, as both the muscles and the joints are not ready to support them. The most important thing is to be aware of your body and what you are able to do, providing your body with the time needed to recover holistically and comfortably, without pushing yourself to the limits.
Τhe pelvic floor consists of six tissue layers: skin, subcutaneous fat, two layers of muscles, ligaments (that are responsible for supporting the uterus in pregnancy) and connective tissue. The layers of the muscles are often described as a hammock that connects the pubic symphysis with the coccyx.
It is very important to have a strong and flexible pelvic floor, since it is responsible for supporting and preventing pelvic organ prolapse, regulates the abdominal pressure (e.g. when running or sneezing), preventing urinary incontinence, influences the feeling and satisfaction during sexual intercourse, supports the foetus in pregnancy and facilitates labour.
For all the above-mentioned reasons, we provide care for the muscles of the perineum not only through Kegel exercises, but also through a unique mixture of exercises, movements and techniques that we have created.
Here in IROIS, we know that we need happy mums in order to see happy babies! Come and join us in our Postnatal Yoga classes and we will take care of you!
Angeliki Lalagianni, Perinatal Yoga Teacher, Infant Developmental Movement Educator
IROIS, Alexioupoleos 1 and Leoforos Vouliagmenis, Argyroupoli, Athens, 164 52
211 4013 649 I 697 0678 817 I email@example.com