E-Mail 'Yoga for Labor and Birth' To A Friend Email a copy of 'Yoga for Labor and Birth' to a friend * Required Field Your Name: * Your E-Mail: * Your Remark: Friend's Name: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Friend's E-Mail: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Image Verification: * Loading ... 6 Responses to Yoga for Labor and Birth Melissa K. VibrantWanderer March 1, 2011 at 8:23 am Great post! Thank you! I loved doing yoga during my pregnancy, and I really feel that it helped prepare me for birth. I had a lot of “back labor” early on, and pelvic tilts helped me through the most challenging of it. I really didn’t think to translate much more of my yoga practice to my birthing, however. I love having the photos to help me visualize some of the poses that may help me next time 🙂 Acacia @ Fingerpaint & Superheroes March 3, 2011 at 9:47 am Melissa, I had a lot of back labor in my first birth, too, and while I got some relief with back stretches I really wish I had known more about how yoga can help labor and birth. With my second birth, after having taught all of this, birth was amazing. I hope they do the same for you! Also, you might check into some local yoga studios that offer prenatal yoga. Sometimes you can get lucky and find a prenatal instructor that focuses on using yoga during labor and birth or offers a workshop on it. Alicia C. amccrenshaw March 1, 2011 at 9:04 am So interesting… I know nothing of yoga. But, when I was laboring with my little guy, I used all of these poses instinctually. They worked! Little Guy was born drug-free and I can’t complain about the pain – it hurt, but not as badly as when I had son #1 without allowing myself to move freely! Acacia @ Fingerpaint & Superheroes March 3, 2011 at 9:49 am Alicia, That’s awesome! Isn’t it incredible how well our bodies just *know* what to do if we are willing to surrender and listen? And the connection that instinctive birthing has to this ancient practice of yoga really says a lot about how powerful and healing both can be. Amy March 3, 2011 at 2:42 pm I tried Yoga for the first time while 4 months pregnant, watching a dvd. It was so calming and really helped loosen me up. Sadly I gave it up when I injured myself, I could really feel a difference when I stopped! If I could do it over, I’d have gone to an actual class, it would have been worth it. Sarah March 9, 2011 at 12:43 pm This is interesting. I will definitely keep this in mind for later in life when I decide to become pregnant.