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After you have given birth it is a good idea to do certain exercises. We hold Birthlight postnatal yoga classes , which will provide an opportunity for you to regain strength and flexibility, to bond with your baby in an enjoyable activity and to connect and network with other mums.

The aim of the class is to re-pattern the muscles used in pregnancy and labor with a series of warm-ups and yoga postures designed specifically for a new mum. Special attention is placed on developing correct posture to combat the stress on your body and back, caused by poor posture during the feeding, lifting and carrying of your baby. This includes a particular emphasis on strengthening the back, abdomen and pelvic floor, as well as relieving tension in areas such as the neck, shoulders and back. No previous experience is required.

Throughout the class, you will have the option of involving your baby in the movements, by holding him or her, or by having your baby close to you on your blanket. The babies are also treated to a short session of gentle baby movements and massage, allowing them to share in the benefits of the class, including the relief of common discomforts.

What is the class like?

The tone of the class is gentle and slow in order to accommodate the effects of your recent pregnancy, such as reduced joint stability and core strength. The class is suitable for beginners to yoga, as well as those who have practiced yoga before. The class is very informal and lively, and there is absolutely no pressure or expectation for your baby to "behave" in a certain way!

Throughout the class, mums stop to feed or soothe their babies and rejoin the movements when it is possible and comfortable to do so. There is time after each class to connect with the other women, and to share the experiences of raising a little one!

What will Mum & Baby exercise group do for me?

Regularly practicing a postnatal exercise program has many advantages and benefits, and can dramatically aid in:

regaining your posture after pregnancy

closing up your body after giving birth

preventing stress incontinence

increasing over-all endurance, strength and well being

reducing back tension and discomfort

building core strength and stability (including abdominals)

reducing anxiety and stress

making new friends with other mums and babies, reducing the risk of postnatal depression