Holy pregnancy fitness, Batman! At a time when MANY of us feel our most lethargic, sluggish and unmotivated, some fit chicks are the complete opposite. And this talented yoga mama is taking pregnancy fitness to a whole new level!
Prepare to have your mind blown with these amazing, jaw-dropping photos of yoga teacher, Erika Harper, as she bends and stretches her beautiful body – complete with a baby bump – throughout her pregnancy.
The female body is amazing
Erika’s photographic pregnancy yoga journey is nothing short of stunning and will leave you in awe of what the human body is capable of when it’s both incredibly strong and well-trained.
Erika’s Instagram page is full of striking black and white yoga-posed photos, documenting her pregnancy, which for the most part was under strict lock-down rules last year.
You could be fooled into thinking Erika is some sort of force of nature defying all the traditional woes, aches and pains that pregnancy brings. Alas, rest assured, she is as human as the rest of us.
In some of her photo captions, Erika does comment on how she’s feeling tired or exhausted or not as strong as she once was. Plus, she’s mama to a toddler also – so WE GET IT.
I could never….
Not feeling very yoga-ish? That’s PERFECTLY fine! It’s not unusual for elite athletes (or just uber-athletic women) to continue being energetic about their fitness throughout their pregnancies for as long as it’s safe to do so.
The internet has plenty to say about it. Erika writes:
I see that many of my pregnant followers have questions about postures and safety. Really quick, please understand that I’ve been doing these various asanas for a while now and I know which ones I can do well and which ones will pose a threat to mine or my baby’s health. If you’ve never done advanced asanas prior to pregnancy do not start them while pregnant!
It is what it is. Different strokes for different folks and all that biz. I for one, was picking up things off the floor with a pair of BBQ tongs. There was no bending ANYTHING for me.
Erika continued to yoga on throughout her pregnancy, right up to her scheduled C-section. She’s pictured here at three weeks post-partum, holding her little guy.
She captions the image with:
I feel pretty good outside of a general feeling of exhaustion. Don’t let the pic fool you. I am NOT working out or doing any yoga flows right now. I’m serious about respecting the 6 week healing period.”
Ahhhh, bless. We love that you shared this with your audience Erika. Yoga on! Tell us, how did you feel during your pregnancy? Did you continue with sport, training and fitness or was the energy positively zapped from your body?