10-Minute Labor? This Amazing Yoga Instructor Credits Her Practice With Easing Her Birth

When yoga instructor Randi Greene got pregnant, she knew one thing: She'd keep up with her healthy lifestyle—and boy, did she ever!

Randi Greene has been teaching BUTI yoga for years, and when she got pregnant, she knew she wanted to keep up her practice. “I first talked to my doctor [before I started working out during pregnancy]," Greene told Fit Pregnancy. "That was my No. 1 thing—I love doing inversions, I love my workouts, but is it safe and OK for me to be doing that? That was my first priority, finding out from my doctor if it was OK. She gave me the go-ahead—she said anything that you’ve been doing, if you have a strong practice prior to getting pregnant, then it’s typically fine to continue." 

Greene understood that her compromised balance and growing baby bump would make certain things much more difficult during pregnancy, but she managed to surprise even herself with what she could do. When we say that Greene was hitting impressive poses until the tail end of her pregnancy, we're not playing around: The new mom was in a handstand until the day before she gave birth. 

“I was doing handstands and all the different inversions up until I had my little boy," said Greene, who gave birth to her son two weeks ago. "I definitely surprised myself with what I was capable [of doing]."

But staying fit through pregnancy is a challenge for almost every woman, and Greene is no exception. While pregnancy fatigue forced her to slow down a bit during her first trimester, that's not the only difficulty she faced. Like so many other fit moms out there, Greene dealt with plenty of haters and mommy shamers for remaining so active while pregnant. “It’s a very controversial topic with the inversions," she said. "I was so surprised—it’s almost the norm when you’re pregnant to be a little on the lazy side and not do much as opposed to when you want to stay healthy and fit. People almost seem to want to give you more of a push back [if you choose to stay active]. It was ridiculous, some of the things people would say."

Let's just say Greene's commitment to her active lifestyle has some serious upsides: Take, for example, the fact that the mama only pushed for about nine minutes before she delivered her son—as if that weren't enough, she feels "almost completely recovered" at just a few weeks postpartum.

“I’ve always been pretty active, so for me when I don’t work out or don’t really do anything, I feel very blah. I just feel kind of gross. When I do work out, I feel like I have more energy, my body feels better. That’s just in general, not just during my pregnancy," she said. "When I got pregnant I thought ‘why would I do anything different?’ Why would I stop doing everything just because I’m pregnant?"