Mamas! Who has super sore, tired feet!?!? I sure do!
My first few steps in the morning from bed to the bathroom haven been excruciating. It felt like I was walking on glass, as if my bones were going to shatter with each shuffle I took.
As of today I'm 30 weeks pregnant and I've gained 11 kilos (24.2 lbs), which brings me to a very ripe 69 kilos (151 lbs). My feet are well and truly feeling the effects of the weight gain because I've never weighed this much.
Here are the things that I've tried the last few weeks and recommend for anyone else out there struggling with sore tootsies:
1. Birkenstocks : BEST purchase so far! It has been a scorching hot summer here in Queensland and I've been wearing flip flops daily (with ZERO support) which have been perpetuating the problem. These have a cradle for your feet that include tons of arch support. The moment I slipped them on it felt like I was walking on clouds. They sit next to the edge of my bed and I slip them on from the moment I wake up. They might not be the most fashionable, but I couldn't care less. I ADORE these sandals. I purchased them from The Iconic and got free next day delivery!
2. Physio spiky ball : I've been sitting on the couch in the evenings and rolling my feet on the spiky ball. Read more about the benefits of self love for the feet.
3. Nike Studio strap : (See photo above)
I started wearing these to yoga when I teach classes. They are fantastic for pilates and yoga because you can practice without a mat. I find them particularly nice lately when barefoot just isn't cutting it on hardwood floors.
4. Foot massage from the hubby! That is a given.
5: Compression socks : I wore these for a week or two when my feet were especially tender. I felt like I was in a Britney Spears video at bedtime, but it was worth it.
6. Putting my feet up : Taking some time in afternoon to elevate my feet help considerably as well.
Rest up mamas!!!
Now that I'm pregnant myself, I have so much more empathy and understanding for my past prenatal students as I move and relearn yoga all over again (it seems).
I started teaching prenatal yoga a few years ago after getting certified with Bliss Baby Yoga.
To be honest, teaching prenatal yoga wasn't my favorite.
That is a tough question. Maybe it stemmed from my own insecurity, but I always felt like the students couldn't relate to me, that they were almost judging me in a way because I was not pregnant and could still move my body in certain ways. I felt this way because of the looks I received and sometimes the glazed over, cold stares that would often feel like daggers.
Looking back now it makes more sense to me. These mamas were tired. These mamas were worn out. These mamas had other children at home already, or simply wanted to come to a yoga studio to have some peace and quiet. These mamas were growing babies, and now I know just how tiring that can be.
I've been trying to go to Vinyasa classes, but I have quickly discovered that my body is better suited for slow flow and yin, especially in my third trimester. My practice has evolved from more of a work out to an internalization of mindfulness and movement.
I'm currently teaching a prenatal module that I created for Inna Bliss Yoga. It runs for six weeks... check out the schedule below:
Week 1 : Classical and standing postures
Week 2 : Classical and lateral postures (for a healthy spine)
Week 3 : Low back and hip rejuvenation
Week 4 : Stabilizing and releasing postures
Week 5 : Floor poses and grounding poses
Week 6 : Restorative practice (meditation and yoga nidra)
Yo, I'm Erica
I'm Erica: a globe trotting Pinterest addict, sushi enthusiast, craft beer drinker, yogini, wife and mum.... not in that order.