{Maternity in Motion}

 

“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused.”

Martha Graham

Motion and movement is part of our lives, it’s what we do.  For many of us, it’s who we are.  The motion of dancing, running, yoga, swimming, weight lifting, or any sport, drives us and keeps us alive and fulfilled.  As a dancer, movement is beauty.  It’s an outlet for me.  When I was pregnant, I didn’t want this to stop or go away, but I wanted to adjust to and embrace the changes in my body as I danced.  During both of my pregnancies, I performed on stage as a dancer.  I taught dance from start till end of both as well.  For me, there was no reason to stop, but only reason to keep doing the movement that my body has always been accustom to.  I was stretching, tapping, jumping, turning, and even doing handstands and being lifted by a partner.  The body is a beautiful thing, and creates amazing lines, shapes, and flow.  As a photographer, I want to capture the women who create this beauty with their ever expanding and changing bodies, those who embrace their beautiful growing belly, and continue to move and enjoy their passion of movement, whatever it may be.     

 

Running

"I've stayed active through all of my pregnancies mainly for the emotional benefits.  Even when I physically don't feel like moving, I always find exercising releases endorphins that help my mood through all the crazy hormone changes.  I also think running and exercising through my previous pregnancies contributed to having very fast, relatively easy natural delivers."

 

Yoga

"I've always made my health a priority, but pregnancy brought it to the top of the list.  Practicing yoga and working out helped meats energized and reduce any discomforts along the way. I noticed my back and core recovered so much faster postpartum.  And I was much more of a patient mother to my 4 year old the second time around."

 

 

Dance

"Dancing is my passion:without it, I wouldn't be who I am today.  It gives me an emotional and physical outlet that allows me to express myself in ways that I wouldn't otherwise be able to do.  I keep active during my pregnancies to set a good example for my children and dance students.  By taking care of myself throughout pregnancy, I feel more able to take care of others around me.  Plus it makes me feel fantastic, inside and out."

 

 

Crossfit

"By the time I got pregnant I had been crossfitting for two years 5 times a week. It had become such a huge part of my life, and just because I was pregnant didn't mean I should stop. My 1st trimester I was very sick and throwing up all day. I didn't even let that stop me, though I did run outside frequently to vomit.   I figured I could be home sick or at the gym sick.  At least I could be sick while doing something I enjoyed.  I wanted to continue to stay fit and active. I wanted to continue to stay strong and not let being pregnant hold me back. I had also heard that being active during pregnancy helped with labor. Even though I had a 15 hr labor it was pretty easy until the last hour, and I did not have any complications."  

 

 

Dance

"I wanted to stay as healthy as possible for my baby, and dancing just felt good.  It was great to have movement that was physically familiar to me during

this time of unfamiliar bodily changes throughout my pregnancy.