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I am a BodyFlow Instructor in Canada and I am currently 4 months pregnant. I'm still teaching class and so far I've been able to modify certain positions and still make the class challenging for members. I'm just wondering if anyone has been in this situation and had any suggestions or tips on what they did, how long you were able to teach and any challenges you found. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Congratulations! First let me say I personally have not taught while pregnant, but a fellow instructor taught throughout all her pregnancies. She teaches Flow, Vive, Pump and Jam. And she taught up until the day before she delivered! Crazy, but true! There are pregnancy options in the choreo notes for Flow, so you can look at those and I believe there are pregnancy options for other classes as well. Also, she used a Belly Belt to support her growing bundle while doing classes. And her verbal cues and descriptions were clear so that those participants who were not pregnant, could easily do the regular choreography. Mostly, I think you have to listen to your body to find out what will work for you.
I have been doing quite a few of the Les Mills classes at my local gym (Flow,Pump,Combat, Step) for about 5 months and have since lost 30 pounds. I have recently found out that I am pregnant, which I am VERY excited about. However, I am worried that I will have to stop attending these classes because they may become too strenuous. When you find out what to do, can you post it on here? I would love the help as well.
The rule of thumb is that if you have been active before you became pregnant, then you can continue what you have been doing. You will need to modify the further along you get; i.e. staying with low impact, avoiding over stretching, and not lying on your back past mid pregnancy.
Of course, you should always consult with a qualified professional like your family doctor or OB/GYN.
Good luck :)
Thanks for all the advice! I should have mentioned in my first post that this is my second pregnancy and that I also teach Jam. I stopped the BodyJam so far because of lower back pain after class and it was the same with my first pregnancy. But with BodyFlow I don't experience any pain from teaching. I modify the exercises accordingly and I found that placing a pillow under my butt during core-abs I can do the lying down exercises without putting too much strain on the baby "hopefully" because apparently even if I feel fine doesn't mean the baby is.
As far as knowing what to do, I just follow what my body says and as long as I'm still providing the members with high options I can keep teaching for a while longer :)
dancingmj: Another option would be to create some mix cd's from previous releases using the tracks that are more conducive to a pregnant body.
Another option would be to create some mix cd's from previous releases using the tracks that are more conducive to a pregnant body.
remembering that not all your participants are pregnant and will not want to spend the next nine months doing the pregnancy options
Hi and congrats!
I am also pregnant (13 wks) and have found the training module book from intial training fantastic as it has a section on pregnancy modifications which has been great as I am just starting to use a few now. I have a few ladies at various stages of pregnancy attending as well who needed options as well. I found some older releases which offered pregnancy options eg BB/BF 40 and picked trainers brains when attending the latest quarterly workshop.
So far for myself the biggest challenge was the absolute exhaustion in the first trimester which made it difficult to keep up anything close to normal pace.Luckily my energy has gone back to normal in the last 2 weeks. Once the members were made aware of my pregnancy that made things a bit easier and they have been very understanding and curious even. As long as I have been clear in my cueing and explained when certain modifications are required for bubs but encouraged them to push themselves they are still enjoying the class and finding themselves challenged. Maybe even challenged by the idea of keeping up with the preggy instructor lol. It has certainly intrigued my pumpers thats for sure.
I'm just going with the flow no pun intended and letting bubs decide when and if I stop teaching. Hope all goes well for you.
Any preggy ladies I have had do my classes when its has come to tracks on the back I usually offer the options of pointers, bridges, hindi squats, camel pose, kneeling or cat stretches depending what release I'm teaching and what stage of pregnancy my participants are at. For relaxation/meditation the option of lying on the left side or sitting, possibly with their back to a wall if they are more comfortable upright. Of course now that I'm pregnant myself I having to start using some of these options lol.
Hope this helps