I have had moments lately (mostly when hauling myself out of bed in the middle of the night and my back has seized up and my legs have given way beneath me) when I have had my doubts about the so-called perfect design of the human body for pregnancy and birth. ‘Don’t you realise, oh achy back, that I am supposed to be getting my … Continue reading Getting ready for a baby…
As we round week 30, I’m at that stage now where I feel like in all the bits of me where vital organs should be, there’s a bit of baby there instead. I am beginning to wonder whether my brain and my bladder have fallen out completely. While I think that, to a degree, the world expects and allows for pregnant women to be slower … Continue reading Baby Brain…or is it my inner monkey?
Affirmations might sound like a weird idea to some, but developing a positive way of thinking in pregnancy not only might benefit you in pregnancy, but is a tool you can use for life. Your mind can have a big impact on how you view and interact with the world. Imagine if you thought this to yourself throughout pregnancy… “Labour is so hard and painful. … Continue reading 40 Affirmations for Pregnancy and Birth!
Antenatal education has been around a very long time. Designed perhaps in the early days to ensure that mamas were ‘good patients’, but also because they knew even back then that the more relaxed you could be in labour the easier it would likely to be. Check out this classic vintage antenatal film from the US. I particulary liked the bit that said about making … Continue reading What’s the point of antenatal classes?
“Women giving birth undergo a quite powerful and psychologically compelling physiological and cognitive transformation” Or so says childbirth medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd. I know what she’s talking about. My latest read is a lovely book by obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Amali Lokugamage whose pregnancy caused an ‘internal revolution’ in which she ‘questioned [her] previously unshakeable beliefs’ and which resulted in her book The Heart in … Continue reading The internal revolution of motherhood!