Baby talk is more than just bonding: chatting with your infant spurs important brain development that sets the stage for lifelong learning…
So, exactly HOW do you go about having these vital conversations with your baby, you ask?
Tummy Time is essential to your baby's development. Tummy time helps to develop strong neck and back muscles to enable your baby to successfully reach motor milestones like sitting up, crawling and walking.
So, How Much Tummy Time Should My Baby Have? Start playing and interacting with your baby while he/she is awake and on the tummy at least 2 to 3 times each day for a short period of time, (3-5 minutes), within the first week after birth. Before your baby's umbilical cord has fallen off, consider positioning your baby on your tummy or chest for tummy to tummy time. Increase the time to give your baby about 30-60 minutes of tummy time each day, whether that’s in one chunk or spread throughout the day in much smaller portions. By about 3 months of age, babies should get at least 90 minutes a day of tummy time. Research has shown that, at four months of age, babies who spend at least 80 minutes per day playing on their tummy while awake are able to more successfully reach motor milestones involving prone, supine (laying on the back), and sitting positions than those who spend less time playing on their tummy. Although 80-90 minutes sounds like a lot, it’s really not very much time throughout the course of a day. However, rather than shooting for a concrete number of minutes, (which will likely end with crying and fussing), follow the steps below to build up the strength and stamina needed for your baby to be able to independently lie on her tummy and actually enjoy it!
But, What if My Baby HATES Tummy Time?
You may think, “Yoga is yoga! Well… yes and no:) Downward facing dog is going to be the same no matter what kind of yoga class you attend. However, every Nurture Natal prenatal yoga class offers so much more.
Here are my top 7 reasons why you should join us in a Nurture Natal prenatal class:
#1 Connect to Your Baby
In every class, we offer a quiet space to step out of your daily life and connect inward. Yoga literally means “to yoke”, to bring together, to connect. In each class we consciously connect you with your baby and foster the exquisite bond between a mother and her child.
#2 Alleviate Aches & Pains
Given the miraculous and massive adaptations to the pregnant body, it’s expected that there will be discomfort along the way. Each class is specifically designed to target common areas of discomfort and offer poses to help create more comfort and ease.
#3 Learn Physical & Emotional Coping Skills
The coping skills needed for the birthing process happens, “just as much between the ears as between the legs” Barbara Harper, (world renowned childbirth expert). In other words, in labour, the emotional coping skills are just as important as the physical coping skills Good news…in our classes we learn both! We learn to find comfort in discomfort. You will gain the strength and learn physical coping tools to handle strong sensations. Additionally, we explore emotional coping skills to help you get to the other side when you inevitably hit a crisis of confidence-usually right around the transition stage:)
#4 An Educated Birth is an Empowered Birth
It is my goal to have every expecting mama feel more confident and prepared to make conscious, educated decisions during pregnancy, labour, delivery and parenthood. Every Nurture Natal prenatal yoga class begins with a short educational “chat time” and childbirth education themes and current birthing trends are interwoven throughout class. When we know better we do better.
#5 Learn How To Breath
How one breathes plays a central part in any birth experience. In each class we learn and practice specific breathing techniques to calm the nervous system and help get you through the physical or emotional discomfort of labour and delivery. Breathing techniques used as comfort measures need to be practiced regularly so that they come more naturally to you when you need them most.
#6 Learn about Your Pelvic Floor
In every class we learn about the importance of the pelvic floor and how specifically designed pelvic floor exercises can prevent pelvic floor trauma like incontinence, hemorrhoids and prolapse. All too often pregnant women are simply told to “do their kegels.” Well, that advice is simply not good enough and can actually be detrimental. Ultimately we want the pelvic floor to be well balanced- not too strong and not too weak. We want a pelvic floor that has good tonicity and flexibility.
#7 Align your Pelvis.
To help ensure your baby is well positioned you need to have an aligned pelvis, pelvic floor, pelvic ligaments, and uterine ligaments. Many of the yoga shapes we incorporate into a prenatal class work to create balance and proper alignment in the pelvis which helps to optimize fetal positioning.
From my heart to yours,