I'm due to give birth in early December this year. The past 6 months have been full of the most profound growth, humbling and letting go I've experienced in my life so far. The ultimate, extended yoga practice. Here are some things I've learned:
- Everything happens exactly as it is meant to, exactly WHEN it is meant to.
- Pregnancy forces you to honour the cycles of nature, and the cycles of your body.
- In every moment, accept what is. Suffering comes only from resistance. When you yield to the wave the universe has sent, it supports you wholeheartedly.
- Try to honour what you need in each moment, cry when you need to, be alone when you need to, sleep when you need to, hormones can be a wild ride.
- Naps are highly beneficial.
- It's a good idea to adequately nourish yourself and your baby through diet, sunshine, movement and sleep.
- Food is just energy - there is no good food or bad food - only your beliefs about it. Eat what you enjoy until you are satisfied. Your body will balance the details.
- Keeping your spine aligned and healthy through a modality of your choice is a good idea for a comfortable pregnancy and easier labour. Chiropractors work miracles.
- Midwife run hospital clinics are a lot more accommodating, holistic and anti-intervention than I ever gave them credit for.
- Prenatal yoga is highly beneficial. Overstretching is highly damaging and causes instability that is hard to reverse. It's important to find a teacher who understands this and can guide you safely through your pregnancy journey.
- Birth art sounds woo-woo, but it is extremely helpful if you wish to attempt natural labour.
- Our babies choose us for the experiences and lessons they need to learn in this life. They come when they are ready.
- There is no good time or bad time to fall in love. It happens always at the perfect time.
- Parents are not born through biology, they are born through loving, supporting, nurturing and protecting a child.