Downward-facing Buddha belly

Downward-facing Buddha belly- that’s what it feels like at my prenatal yoga classes. I’ve only gone to two sessions so far and I think I’m the furthest along among the ladies there. The instructor is wonderful- she also teaches childbirth education classes and works as a doula. The class definitely kicks my ass, but I leave feeling balanced and energized. The hardest thing she’s had us do so far is a number of poses where we must keep a yoga brick pressed between our thighs. Seriously, it’s not easy. Since I’ve signed up for the full series, it forces me out of the house on cold, dark winter nights each week.

This is my first foray into a real-life pregnancy community. We don’t have much time to talk to one another, but it’s been fun connecting with other women who are going through a lot of the things that I’ve already been through. I’m amused at being able to offer firsthand advice on such topics as morning sickness, exhaustion, and chest inflation.

Also, during the first class, the instructor went around the room and had each student state her name, what her due date is and one thing she has been doing to prepare. Being the proud extroverted lesbian that I am, my fact was that my wife and I had gone to a lawyer to draw up papers for our wills and second-parent adoption. So far everyone is still talking to me πŸ™‚

Today marks the third trimester. I have been feeling increasingly heavy and some of the exhaustion from the first trimester has returned. My skin is exceedingly dry as well, though winter isn’t helping.

Our Bradley birth class starts next Wednesday. We’re very much looking forward to both the subject matter and meeting other folks (and perhaps having other stories to tell). Our goal this weekend is to buy a dresser as the final piece of furniture in Cupcake’s room. We plan to use a changing pad on top of it while he’s in diapers and then keep it in use as he grows up.

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11 responses to “Downward-facing Buddha belly

  1. You may have just motivated me to go to a yoga class. I purchased a prenatal yoga dvd, of course that was 2 weeks ago, and I have yet to do it… I am excited to hear how you like your bradley class – we are signed up for one too.

  2. Wow, your third trimester. That is amazing.

  3. HA! I love the title of this post. It sounds as though you are moving smoothly into the final trimester and you and strawberry are so organized! Time is really flying by, isn’t it?

  4. I can’t wait to sign up for a pregnancy yoga class someday too! It sounds like a great way to stay fit and enjoy time with other expecting women. I am glad you are enjoying yourself.

    You three are soooo close! I can’t believe there will be pictures of a real live cupcake in just three short months give or take. Sorry to hear some of those early symptoms are back but it will be over before you know it. Take care, pamper yourselves and get lots of rest ladies.

  5. I like the downward facing buddha belly image πŸ™‚

  6. That sounds great! And, so good for you and cupcake! Dresser shopping sounds fun as well.

  7. Wow 3rd trimester already – how exciting!

  8. i can’t do downward dog NOW without the belly (well, without the cupcake belly anyway). i am SO impressed!

  9. geeze, time flys!

  10. reproducinggenius

    Wow! Third trimester already! I can’t believe how quickly time has passed. I hope you begin feeling better.

    I love the title of this post–it’s just cute to imagine. I’m eager to sign up for prenatal yoga classes too. It sounds like yours is great!

    We too plan to do the dresser/changing pad thing. No need for a whole piece of furniture just for diapering when so often the baby ends of getting changed on the nearest flat surface.

  11. I hope you love your CBE class as much as we did. We met some of our best friends there, and we’ve stayed in touch with several of the couples. Good luck and we need a new belly shot πŸ™‚

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