A Journey through Parenthood: Prenatal Yoga

Rebecca Doolittle McFalls, MHS, OTR/L is a developmental occupational therapist with East Cooper Medical Center’s Pediatric Rehabilitation program. She’s volunteered to share some of her experiences with our readers, as a pediatric rehabilitation specialist as well as a new mom to her nine-month old son, Alec. Below is the second of a series of posts from Becky.

April 2010

I am tired, feeling hungry and lacking motivation to exercise. The good news is for the first time in life I have a great reason! My pregnancy is progressing and I am positive everyone can see the tiny bulge developing as the baby is the size of a medium shrimp according to weekly email from Baby Center. Ok, so maybe not just yet.

Becky Doolittle and her son, Alec

Becky Doolittle and her son, Alec

I am now 13 weeks pregnant and excited that my doctor said I could start a pre-natal yoga program. I have missed working out and I know the perfect program to join. At the East Cooper Medical Center Pediatric Rehabilitation Center where I work, we have a prenatal program on Mondays from 12 to 1 and Tuesday evenings from 6:15-7:15. This will be a great way to spend my lunch hour or to wrap up my day.

The class is challenging and a great time to connect with other women experiencing the medium-sized shrimp bulge! Some of my class mates are close to full term, so they are great to share what is about to happen to my body as that little shrimp turns into a full size baby! The class is energizing and relaxing at the same time. We all look forward to the head rub and motivating message from the instructor, Beth Cosi, to help us stay focused in preparing our bodies for our babies’ deliveries.

If you are currently expecting and want to give the class a try, please email Beth at tapasyoga.beth@gmail.com or call her at 843-437-0846.

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