Belly Dancing and Pregnancy
Did you know that belly dance can actually help your body prepare for pregnancy? In many parts of the world, it is the mother-in-law’s duty to teach her son’s bride to belly dance in order to prepare her muscles for childbirth! Belly dance strengthens abs, lower back, lateral obliques and pelvic floor – all the muscles that will make you a fit mom-to-be.
A lot of women are concerned about what exercise is suitable at different stages of pregnancy and post-pardon. Although you should always talk to your doctor before beginning any exercise program during pregnancy, as it is generally a low-impact workout, belly dance is a great way to stay fit while pregnant. Shimmy dancer, Karen, performed professionally when she was pregnant with her second child, well into her forth month!
Whether you are pregnant or trying to get back into shape after child birth, focusing on slow movements of your core muscles is the key to fitness. Shimmy moves like the “Turkish Figure Eight”, “Maya Hips”, the “Ripple” and, of course, “Belly Rolls” are a great choice. If pregnancy is giving you back pain, try a slow “Lebanese Hip Circle” for you lower back or “Chest Circles” for your upper back.