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frequently asked questions ~ yoga

Do I need to have practiced yoga before?

No! The classes are gentle and aimed at beginners so do not worry if you have never stepped on a yoga mat before.

How soon can I start?

You are welcome in class from 12 weeks, provided you have had your first scan which should confirm how many weeks that you are.

Yoga is a very safe practice at any time. However, up to around 12 weeks there is a higher risk of miscarriage and although it is highly unlikely that yoga would cause this, it is my preference to be as safe as possible.

What do I need to bring to class?

Yoga mat - it is much nicer to have your own space, you will be more inclined to practice at home and I always feel more comfortable and able to relax on my own mat. You can usually pick mats up for anything from £5 - £15 in TK Maxx or Tesco.

Please also bring either a normal pillow, or if you have one a pregnancy support pillow is great, these are for use in Savasana at the end of class. 

frequently asked questions ~ hypnobirthing

What is Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing is a simple antenatal education programme aimed at dispelling the myths and fear that surround birth, to leave you feeling empowered, confident and ready for your birth. It does not involve stage hypnosis, it is not hippy and it is not dogmatic - I will not be telling you how to give birth, but I will tell you how to make informed decisions about your birth so that you are part of the process and are not simply on a conveyor belt of care. 

When should I start Hypnobirthing?

Hypnobirthing can be started at any time, there is not really a right or a wrong time. However, most people aim to come to courses when they are around 25 weeks, this gives plenty of time to do the course, and make use of it for your pregnancy - remember, there are a lot of things that you will learn on the course that you will use before your baby arrives, not just on the big day! If you are later pregnancy it is still never too late to do something, and I will always try to accommodate anyone at any point, but if you can I would get booked in as soon as possible to get the choice of course dates and to know you have your birth preparation in hand!

Why do a course with you instead of downloading a pre-recorded course?

There are some great online options out there but I think that the ability to talk to the person teaching you makes a huge difference to your ability to take in the information. Buying a book, listening to a CD or watching an online course is a great option if you are short of time or cannot make it to a face to face class, but I would always recommend a face to face class over the alternative.

I am going to be induced, will hypnobirthing still be worth it?

Yes! Absolutely! Hypnobirthing is useful and applicable for all types of birth! We will discuss at length the pros and cons of induction, the induction methods available and how to make it a positive experience if you decide to go down that route. 

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