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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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Dance has always been in my life. It’s something I’ve always loved, from jazz classes to high school dances. I’ve loved being on the dance floor (preferably surrounded by people so no one could see me). Being an incredibly shy person, belly dancing wasn’t exactly a logical choice for me since it is often done as a solo. But a friend of mine was taking classes and invited me along. I was super excited. At the time I was looking for a hobby because I hated the fact that when people asked me what my hobby was I always answered reading.

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