FAQ

YOGA & HYPNOBIRTHING

Frequently Asked Questions

Yoga

IS YOGA OK DURING PREGNANCY?

Yoga is great during pregnancy, even if you’ve never done it before. In fact, some women do their first ever yoga class while they are pregnant. It’s best not to start classes until you’ve entered your second trimester. A good amount of health information is collected before your first class and we’ll work together with you regarding any modifications that may be required.

WHEN CAN I START DOING PRENATAL YOGA CLASSES?

It’s best to wait until the beginning of your second trimester to start Prenatal Yoga Classes as medical advice is often not to take up anything new in the first trimester. If you want to start later on in your third trimester, that’s okay too, It’s never too late! Once they start, many women choose to do back to back classes until their baby arrives, sometimes going past their expected due date. If you’re feeling good and your Midwife or Obstetrician doesn’t tell you otherwise, there’s no reason to stop.

I’VE DONE LOTS OF YOGA IN THE PAST, DO I REALLY NEED TO LEARN PRENATAL YOGA?

Yes! There are lots of Asana’s that you would do in a regular yoga class that are contraindicated for pregnancy. You may not wish to join a Prenatal Yoga Class but it’s really important that you learn the Do’s and Don’ts as not many Yoga Teachers specialize in Prenatal Yoga and you you can’t rely on your regular teacher may to know everything if they haven’t done special training in that area.

WHEN CAN I START DOING YOGA FOR MUMS CLASSES?

After the birth, you will have a scheduled 6 week check up with your Midwife, Obstetrician or GP. At this appointment they will tell you if you have the all clear to return to gentle exercise. When that happens, we’d love to see you!

WHAT SHOULD I BRING TO A YOGA CLASS?

Yoga Mats and equipment are provided. If you like, you can use a specialised non-slip yoga towel over the top of your mat although it’s not necessary. Bring a drink of water and if you’re pregnant with low blood sugar you’re welcome to bring a light snack. Wear comfortable clothes that are easy to move in.

IS THERE ANY CLASS ETIQUETTE I SHOULD KNOW ABOUT?

Please turn your phone off or place it on silent before you come in.Remove your shoes as soon as you’re in the door and place with your bags etc. to the side of the room keeping the space around your mat clear.Please leave valuables at home.

WHAT SHOULD I LOOK FOR IN A PRENATAL OR POSTNATAL YOGA TEACHER?

Qualifications and experience! Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga is a specialist field and you need to find a teacher with solid qualifications in this area. Best practice would be a minimum of 500 hours basic Yoga Teaching qualification plus and an additional 2 post graduate courses in Prenatal or Postnatal Yoga. In addition to this, registration with Yoga Australia (our peak body in this country) shows that the courses studied are accredited and meet a certain standard. If a teacher is not openly displaying their qualifications, proceed with caution.

Hypnobirthing

WHEN SHOULD I DO A HYPNOBIRTHING COURSE?

The optimal time to do Blueberry’s Weekend Workshop is between 20 and 30 weeks pregnant. Having said that, we have had women who are either side of this range and they have thoroughly enjoyed the course. Finding the time that works best with your lifestyle and personal circumstances is pretty important too.

 

WHY ARE PARTNERS PART OF THE COURSE, MINE ISN’T REALLY SURE?

Your partner is your support person and they play a pivotal role in achieving a positive birth experience! They are the person who can advocate for your choices and there are so many tools and techniques they will learn on the workshop that will help you enormously on the day you meet your baby.

 

WHAT IS HYPNOBIRTHING?

The Hypnobirthing Australia™ program that we teach is a Childbirth Education Course. It covers in depth the physiology of the birth process and what happens to a woman’s body during the three stages of labour. In addition to this it provides a huge range of tools and techniques to assist the birthing mother, both things that she can do and things her partner can do to help. Some of these techniques include self-hypnosis which is where the ‘hypno’ comes into Hypnobirthing.

 

HOW MANY HOURS OF TRAINING ARE IN THE HYPNOBIRTHING AUSTRALIA™ PROGRAM?

There are a total of 12 hours of training in the course and at Blueberry we split these 12 hours over the Saturday and Sunday.

 

DO I TAKE ANYTHING AWAY WITH ME FROM THE HYPNOBIRTHING WEEKEND WORKSHOP?

Yes! Apart from all the knowledge and confidence from the course itself, you also take home a stack of physical resources including a comprehensive Hypnobirthing Australia booklet of additional reading and resources, a selection of mp3s for pregnancy and birth including world famous ‘Surge of the Sea’, ‘Affirmations for Beautiful Birthing’, ‘Rainbow Mist Relaxation’ & ‘Tranquil Chambers’ + an eBook & Practice Video.

 

WHAT IF MY DOCTOR/MIDWIFE IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH HYPNOBIRTHING?

No problem! The Hypnobirthing Australia™ Positive Birth Program is not prescriptive about ‘how’ women should birth, more so it teaches techniques to make the whole journey a positive experience no matter what turn the actual birth takes. More and more care providers are becoming aware of the benefits of Hypnobirthing all the time as the concept becomes more mainstream and care givers see the benefits to their clients firsthand. In fact, the way many couples find their way to Blueberry is through referral from Midwives and Obstetricians.

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