'Dilation gyration' and the 'double hip squeeze' sound like instruments of torture from the Dark Ages but these terms are frequently heard in the latest antenatal and postnatal fitness class – Dancing for Birth. Being upright and mobile during labour has many benefits to both mothers and babies by making labour more comfortable and for many mums it reduces the time in labour. Now mums to be can enjoy a fun exercise class with other expectant mums that also helps baby's into the optimal position for birth.
In a recent UCD study – 3 in 4 Irish expectant mums fall below the recommended exercise levels for pregnancy. Traditionally pregnancy was thought to be a time to slow down but more and more research recommends light frequent exercise right up (and including labour). Pregnancy doesn't have to mean feeling constantly tired and frumpy or being wrapped in cotton wool! Dancing for Birth helps improve endurance (important for labour) cardiovascular health and tones those all important muscles for birth and beyond.
This one hour class which can be started at anytime during pregnancy is a welcome change for those expectant mums who prefer more 'zip' than 'zen'. Enya is definitely not on the playlist at this class which is more Pitbull than panpipes. Classes are tailored to every level of fitness and mums do not need to have any dancing background – but a sense of humour is a must. Mums learn dance moves that are inspired by Latin, African and Belly dancing – think it is as a fun low impact Zumba class. Mums also learn birth preparation skills and comfort measures for the most positive birth possible.
Classes are now forming in Cork, Dublin and Meath.
Contact Tracy at www.DancingForBirthIreland.com for details or call 087 057 2500