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“How do you do it?”

I get asked this question a lot. The truth is: I don’t sleep enough and I’m stressed most of the time. About 6 months ago I gave up drinking coffee in the afternoon. I did this to save money since I was always buying my coffee, plus I was having difficultly sleeping and thought coffee might be the culprit. I would say during that 6 months, I was not practicing as much as I should be.

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I don’t know how full-time mamas do it. If we have just one rainy day where we have to stay inside all day I’m exhausted. (And I only have ONE kid.) Music and movement games have definitely gotten me through some of those rough days and I’m hoping by sharing this list with you it can help you through some of yours. 

 Tip: Don’t tell your kid what to do,

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Life after childbirth is crazy. You’re not sleeping, your body has undergone significant changes once again, your world has turned upside down, and—if you are one of the unlucky ones like me—you have developed postpartum depression. Dancing might not be the first thing on your mind at this point. But once you are thinking about it, there are things to consider.

One of my biggest struggles with returning to dancing was how people would perceive me.

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There are differing opinions on whether or not you should belly dance while pregnant. Some people think it can induce premature labor, others don’t think a pregnant woman should show off her bare, growing bump (while dancing or otherwise). Fellow dancers will more than likely embrace the idea that you should continue to dance, but caution you to know your audience when performing (this is not bad advice; community shows should be okay, but paying gigs might be a different story).
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