Yes, it’s about to happen, and my body kept up amazingly well with my yoga practice over the past nine months.
I feel extremely blessed to have been mobile until the very last days of pregnancy, only slightly modifying my practice. Yes, the practice has become shorter, and no, there aren’t any twists anymore, and of course all the prone postures are out of the question. However, inversions are still feeling great (particularly since water retention has started kicking in), and my physiotherapist gave her OK for gentle core strength exercises – not actively building any core strength, but maintaining a decent level of it. It’s also nice to give the side body a good stretch to make room for the lungs which are being squashed from below and have nowhere to go but getting stuck against the ribcage.
And while that’s all been great, my yoga tops and pants have really let me down. Granted, tops aren’t designed to accommodate a pregnancy belly, but even the leggings I owned eventually couldn’t stomach the belly pushing out any longer. After about 5 months I noticed that the elastic wasn’t rolling up properly anymore because it’s been automatically rolling down while wearing the pants.
I’ve been looking around for suitable outfits that would allow room for even more growth, but I was also reluctant to spend a whole lot of money on something that would only really serve its purpose for another four months. There’s an awful lot of amazing companies producing yoga gear – but has anyone ever thought of pregnant women, and more specifically: Of pregnant women who would want to buy clothes now, and wear them later, after giving birth? In addition I wanted some other boxes ticked, such as fair labour conditions.
It took a while, but then I’ve found Wellicious – a company that produces every single item in Europe, and has a range for pregnant women – with all items in that section also looking wonderful after pregnancy!
And with only a few days to go I can confidently say that this outfit has been able to keep up with my practice and the particular needs of my body, without losing shape or colours fading after a few washes. Now we’re awaiting the arrival of the little one who I’m sure will be keen on testing all my yogic qualities off the mat!