Benefits of Dance in Pregnancy
As an expectant mother or birth professional you may have wondered about the positive effects that movement can have in pregnancy, during labor, and after birth in the postpartum period. I’ve spent the past 15 years exploring the amazing impact of combining dance and birth and am here to share my discoveries with you, there are so many benefits! Whether you fancy yourself a dancing-diva or a two-left-footer doesn’t matter… your and your baby’s wellness and birth is what really matters. The good news is no experience is needed to move for an easier, safer birth.
Embrace these 5 reasons to dance through pregnancy! The changes in your body and nurture a positive self-image. As your center of gravity shifts forward, with dance, you’ll become progressively more centered, grounded, agile, strong and self-assured. You’ll experience your new curves as a welcome part of your radiant self, liberating yourself from self-judgement. Dancing is beneficial in pregnancy to reduces your stress and tension by activating your “feeling brain” instead of your “thinking brain”, anchoring you so pleasurably in the current moment that neither the past nor the future can interfere with the perfection of right now. It’s important to maintain the timelessness that comes with the journey through the birth experience.
Another benefit of dancing through pregnancy, is that it increases the flow of the love and bonding hormone Oxytocin which contributes to your bonding with your unborn baby and during birth positively affects the length strength and duration of your uterine contractions. Yet another benefit of dancing is that it correspondingly lowers the fight or flight hormone Adrenalin. And another wonderful benefit of dancing is that it gives you confidence in your body and movement, which lowers your stress and allows for increased levels of Oxytocin to shorten labor. Oxytocin triggers the primal birth instincts and and allows your partner to play a supportive role and reduces the risk of interventions by correcting mal-positions, opening the pelvic outlet wider, reducing shaking and pain, and increasing the mother’s comfort.
Classes are a great opportunity to meet with a Birth Professional, your Certified Instructor, who may also be your doula or a care provider. These classes allow you more time than you might otherwise get with a doula alone. After labor, the same hormones that help labor, help retract the uterus in the postpartum period. Dancing throughout your pregnancy gives you and your baby repetitive motions that will be familiar and comforting to the baby allowing you to bond and can aid in soothing the child postpartum – a huge benefit for you and your baby. Have more questions? Find a class and try it for free. We are hear to answer questions.