Being a new, first time mother, I haven’t had the time to blog. Now that I’ve got a groove with my wonderful four month old boy, I can write about my experience coming back to belly dancing.
Since I didn’t dance for a few months, I was quite rusty as a bellydance performer. Having a natural childbirth with a doula and midwives, I was able to start back to belly dance classes at six weeks postpartum. If I had a cesarean I would have had to wait three months to recover. Regardless, there was no way I could have jumped back to regular performing.
The old adage, “Use it, or lose it,” is very true. After bellydancing professionally in Toronto, Canada for over a decade, I had to ignite my belly dance muscle memory post birth. I felt like a beginner student again. After taking class for two months, I started performing again. Now, four months after giving birth, I feel like a natural bellydancer again.
Oh, and I really need to “big up” breast feeding. Breastfeeding works wonders at getting back to pre-pregnancy shape. And of course, it’s the best food source for babies.