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Prenatal/postnatal ballet advice


miss.pointe
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Hello everyone!

 

I'm expecting my first baby in about 3 weeks and having to put my dance teaching on hold because of pregnancy has made me think about developing a class for prenatal/postnatal ballet. I already have a good idea from my own teaching and research and pregnancy as to what is safe/suitable/helpful for a pregnant woman and getting back into shape after pregnancy. But I'm looking for a specialist who could help with some professional advice (as in a pregnancy specialist in fitness, health, dance, general) who could give their "stamp of approval" on a class.

 

Anyone out there with these kind of credentials or know of someone, would be so grateful if you could PM me.

 

Many thanks!

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Sorry don't know anyone but I think it's a fab idea. It might be worth thinking through the practicalities beforehand: will babies come to sessions? What will happen if mum is feeding? (you could think about having some exercises to give them whilst feeding) will there be any social aspect included eg coffee & chat afterwards(IMO quite important!). I did pregnancy yoga & postnatal buggy fit, also attempted ballet class when baby was 3 months old- not a success! If I can help send me a pm x

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Thanks Moomin, and you're right, there's a lot of practical things to consider with a baby! I have a friend whose gym have a class where they use the babies as resistance/weights and have them join in with the class. This sounds ingenious and yet tricky!! What happens when they need a feed or nappy change?! But I do want to tackle the issue of new mums often being full-time mothers and I know so many say they want to get fit but can't leave the baby alone. Whether that means having a baby crèche for the duration or having them in their buggies in the studio or something, I don't know yet! :)

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I used to do a gym class when my 3rd was born which had been thought for full time mums. It started just after we dropped the elder kids at school and I even had time to nurse my baby so that she was full and happy and she used to look at me exercise. Keeping me in her sight kept her happy and most of the time she fell asleep to the sound of the music...

Hope it helps!

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I used to do the same as Afab, exercising in front of the baby, she used to love it. My sister who is a dance teacher always brought her kids to the studio with her and they would watch until she put them down to sleep. Actually her waters broke with her second when she was tapping to 42nd street! Probably not what you had in mind Ms. Pointe!

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How cute! Hopefully the baby was start to come in a more convenient location, although having the little one sleeping in the corner of the studio when I return to teaching would make life easier. I wonder what happens when he wakes up crying though. Parenthood!!! So much to look forward to :)

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How cute! Hopefully the baby was start to come in a more convenient location, although having the little one sleeping in the corner of the studio when I return to teaching would make life easier. I wonder what happens when he wakes up crying though. Parenthood!!! So much to look forward to :)

I had a army of responsible senior girls to look after my son whilst I was teaching. At one point I was ready to give up but didn't as my baby was thriving on all the attention! Was very lucky to have understanding bosses and a very placid child who loved nothing beer than being next to the piano! On the few occasions he cried whoever was caring for him simply took him out...or the pianist played a waltz....

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