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The Importance of Self-Care & Support During Pregnancy

Nov 1, 2016

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Erica Rodefer Winters, delivered two children at East Cooper Medical Center

Erica Rodefer Winters just delivered her second child, Sylvia, with Dr. Natalie Gregory, OB/GYN with Lowcountry OB/GYN, at East Cooper Medical Center. This is also where she had her first child, Annabelle. Erica is a freelance writer, a prenatal/postnatal yoga teacher and the creator of Spoiled Yogi, a website dedicated to helping pregnant and new moms manage stress and find a healthier balance with all of life’s demands.

Erica Roderfer Winters Candy Corn Baby

During college, Erica started doing yoga as a means to deal with stress and continued to learn more about yoga as she transitioned into the working world. After working in San Francisco as a web editor for Yoga Journal magazine and becoming a certified yoga instructor, she eventually moved back to the East Coast with her husband to start a family.  

Erica Roderfer Winters Yoga with first born

After giving birth to her first child, she continued freelance writing and started teaching yoga at a gym near her house. “I started to notice that most of my classes were filled with pregnant women,” says Winters. “I fell in love and found my niche with prenatal yoga.”

According to Winters, prenatal yoga can be good for pregnant moms because it helps prepare their bodies for carrying the baby and for the birthing process through flexibility and strength building. “Prenatal yoga gives women tools for managing stress and helps with physical and emotional relaxation,” says Winters. “It’s also a way to get to know moms who are in the same phase of life as you are. In my classes, I make it a point to have the women interact because a lot of women might not realize how important it is to have this kind of support.”

Erica Roderfer Winters Group Shot

Now that Erica is ​at the end of her second pregnancy, she is able to look back and identify things she would do differently if she has another child. One of the most important elements she teaches in her classes is self-care. “In those newborn days, I would forget to eat. I hadn’t prepared myself for how I would care for myself and for a new baby,” says Winters. “New moms do all the things they think they are supposed to do like get the nursery ready, read books, and go to birthing classes. What they don’t realize is that they need to plan to take care of themselves, too.”

Erica Roderfer Winters Merlot Dress

During her classes, Erica talks about how to get in quick doses of self-care through yoga and mindfulness that can help them feel better and more energized for when the baby arrives. One of her genius bits of self-care advice, “I made a care package for myself, and I’m making tons of freezer meals so I won’t have to cook!”

Erica and her family are settling back in at home with their new baby. “I’m so thankful for my yogi support system this time around and I ask my pregnant friends and students, ‘What are you going to do this week to take care of yourself?’”

Erica Roderfer Winters family

For more information about Erica Rodefer Winters visit http://www.spoiledyogi.com/ . Or become a member of the Yoga Mamas of Charleston Facebook group.

 

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