Many studies have proven that regular and gentle workouts during pregnancy can lead to a lower risk of complications and health conditions, including preterm birth, cesarean birth, excessive weight gain, gestational diabetes or hypertensive disorders and lower birth weight.
Pregnant women who exercise often experience less back pain, less swelling in the limbs, better sleep, more energy, a better body image and a faster return to their pre-pregnancy shape after birth. Generally, staying active during these months will help to minimize the uncomfortable symptoms of pregnancy and support the body through its physical changes while preparing for a smooth transition back to exercise postpartum.
Did you know? The fetal brain begins to develop during the third week of gestation. Many things can be done during pregnancy to support your fetus’s neurological developmental progress. The choreography of Bumbufimi is tailored to support the development of fetuses in the womb.
By the end of the embryonic period (gestational week 10), the basics of the neural system are established. Certain movements and exercises have proven effective in the stimulation of the fetus’s neurological system. When the mother performs these exercises, it helps to develop the baby’s perception of space and movement thanks to the different positions of the mother.
The workouts have a focus on core and pelvic floor strengthening, as well as stretching the right muscles and loosening the joints in the pelvis, preparing the body for birth. Additionally, some gentle cardio exercises are also implemented in the routine to support healthy blood circulation – which is vital for the health of the placenta. In addition to this, the workouts will help to increase muscle tone and general endurance – which you’ll be thankful for come delivery day.
Bumbufimi is a special mixture of carefully selected pregnancy exercise movements, Hatha yoga, and Yoga Nidra. The classes will be held by a professional yoga teacher and a professional movement therapist, taking turns.
Our pregnancy workout choreography is designed by our lead therapist, who is also a mother of four children – who not only understands the research but also has first-hand experience relating to what a pregnant body needs and enjoys.
The yoga-based classes will be held by a professional yoga teacher, Anna S. Ólafsdóttir. Anna completed 200 hours of Hatha yoga teacher training at the Yoga studio with Drífa Atladóttir, and she is adding Yin
yoga teaching qualifications with an emphasis on Yin meditation. She teaches yoga with an emphasis on flexibility and primarily works with Hatha yoga, Yin yoga and relaxation in the form of Yoga Nidra.
The classes will be held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 17:30 to 18:30, starting in November.