Today I taught the first class in my new session of Mom & Baby Fitness, following a demo class that I ran on Friday. Of course I always love teaching fitness, and especially pre and postnatal—that’s a given. But it’s particularly rewarding this time because the class is composed almost entirely of women who used to be clients in Prenatal Fitness, and who have now returned with their new babies for a session of postnatal.
Not only is it awesome to see their babies—newborn babies! super-high squee factor!—and to hear about their births, but it’s very cool to see how beautifully these women are transitioning from one phase of life to another. After class today, one of them mentioned that amazing thing that I’ll bet others have experienced, where your new baby may be only 5 or 6 weeks old, but you absolutely cannot remember what life was like without her.
Today was really inspirational to me, reminding me how precious those early months are as you create new reflexes, and new patterns of thought and behaviour in the process of building a relationship with a new child. Of course the early postpartum period is rife with huge challenges, but some of the challenges are quite wonderful. One baby today, lying on a mat in the centre of the studio, started fussing during a cardio interval. I watched in the mirror as her mama kept moving, monitoring baby out of the corner of her eye, listening to the sound of her newborn squawking over the music: she was clearly observing and attending to her baby even as she kept working out and following the choreography. This was so far from the panicked new-mom caricature of ‘oh my God my baby’s fussing stop the presses and fix it NOW!’ Instead, in the midst of a sweaty fitness studio, it was a calm, intuitive, almost subconscious moment where a mother waited and felt her baby’s cues before going to her to give her exactly the care she needed. It was breathtaking.
It’s such a privilege to observe women transforming into mothers, and to help support them along the way. I know that I have a lot of knowledge and expertise to offer the women who take my classes. I wonder if they know how much they teach me when they attend?