Pregnancy, practice and my pelvis

Posted by on Feb 14, 2019 in Yin, Yin yoga Hertfordshire, Yoga Berkhamsted | 2 comments

For those of you who don’t know, I’m now 23 weeks pregnant. Over the past few weeks I’ve started to get a lot of pain around my pelvis – a condition known as symphysis pubis dysfunction (spd) or pelvic girdle pain (pgp).

I had this when I was pregnant with my son, Jacob, but not to this degree and it began much later during my pregnancy.

I’ve seen an osteopath a couple of times and today while she was moving me around, she said, “ You are very mobile in your pelvis – maybe too mobile.”

Now, I know this. I have a naturally flexible pelvis. I’ve never really had to work to sit in padmasana (lotus pose) and other hip-related poses come relatively easily to me. But what good is that if, during pregnancy, you lose the strength to contain that flexibility? And what good is it when you’re in physical pain getting up the stairs?

Very often people are in awe of flexibility in yoga, fuelled by images on social media and other channels. Bendiness is something to strive for and if only I had a penny for every time I’ve heard someone say, “I can’t do yoga. I can’t touch my toes.”

The curse of flexibility in yoga has been well documented – London teacher Jess Glenny writes a lot about it and my teacher Norman Blair has written this piece from a yin perspective. 

I know that my pelvic pain will go away once I’ve given birth but I wonder if my practice has exacerbated the problem. I know of other yoga teachers who’ve had similar issues during pregnancy. Or perhaps it’s purely down to the pregnancy hormone relaxin opening my body and the pelvic ligaments being stretched from my previous labour and childbirth.

Who knows? But for now, it’s cat/cow, chest openers, pelvic tilts and hip circles for me.

For this reason, the 2 March yin yoga workshop at BAYoga Studio will be my final one before I meet my second child in June.

Kate Atkinson will provide cover until I return in October/November.

Find out more and book.

2 Comments

  1. Congratulations Clare! I was similar to you. I suffered with spd for a few weeks in my first pregnancy but it started a lot earlier in the second pregnancy. I’m hyper mobile and I found Yoga much more uncomfortable second time around. I found myself in child’s pose for most of my lessons. I haven’t practised since as I then suffered with coccyx issues a year after the birth. Now that’s alleviated itself I’m hoping to start getting fit again.
    I wish you all the best for your new arrival. I had a June baby too and it’s so nice to have a newborn in the summer.
    X

  2. Dear Sheena, thanks for taking the time to comment and it’s lovely to hear from you. I’m sorry you had similar issues. It’s not fun, is it. Here’s to future fitness and June babies!
    With love x

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