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Yoga helps with the aches, pains of pregnancy

Posted January 8, 2012
Updated January 9, 2012

Healthy Moms is helping us with some fitness tips this month.

Last Monday, I featured MaryBeth Winstead, owner of Healthy Moms of Wake County, which provides a variety of fitness classes and programs for moms-to-be and moms. Programs are offered in Wake, Durham and Orange counties.

Today, we're hearing from Melissa Drenzek, a mom of two and Healthy Moms instructor. She teaches yoga and power stroller classes.

Drenzek, who had taught yoga, left her corporate job after the birth of her older daughter four years ago. She took a power stroll class with Healthy Moms and, as she says, was recruited to become one of their instructors. Melissa Drenzek of Healthy Moms Yoga helps with the aches, pains of pregnancy

Drenzek says her yoga classes - for pregnant moms and moms with their babies - aren't your typical yoga classes. Moms-to-be might end up talking for much of the class about maternity clothes or how they are feeling. Her mommy and me yoga aren't usually all that peaceful.

"Babies will be crying, babies will be making other noises," she laughs. "This will not be a quiet yoga class."

As much as the classes are about staying fit and exercising, they're also about forming a community and friendships that often last long after the class is over, she says.

Yoga, Drenzek says, can help moms as they go through pregnancy with the aches and pains in the back and hips that many moms experience.

Watch the video to hear more from Drenzek about her classes and the benefits of yoga for moms. And go to Healthy Moms' website for more about the classes and programs offered.

Drenzek says she really enjoys working with moms and reliving her own pregnancy moments with her students.

"It's a very special time to cherish," she said. "I like being part of that."

Healthy Moms is offering fitness tips on Go Ask Mom every Wednesday in January. See Winstead's ab exercise by clicking here. And check back Wednesday for another tip.

Go Ask Mom features local moms every Monday.


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  • shall6 Jan 9, 2012

    That would be my error. It's fixed. Thanks for pointing it out.


  • fourfivesix Jan 9, 2012

    " their feeling. "

    Somebody needs to relearn the proper uses of they're/their/there!