During pregnancy our body invites us to drop into a different way of living, more cyclical and rhythmic, rather than linea and time driven.
But with busy jobs, lots of responsibilities and the tug of social media, it can sometimes be tricky to hear the body's call to slow down and create space.
When I was pregnant with our first baby I was lucky enough to have 10 weeks maternity leave before she came into the world. I'll never regret those mid afternoon siestas and time to nest before she came along and I'm sure as you take steps to create space, regardless where you are in your pregnancy,...
Lately I've been feeling a fire in my belly. When I turn inwards and breathe into it, the flame grows stronger and it feels like a powerful energy rising, from the center of my uterus up to my heart.
My son presented this picture to me the other day that he'd drawn.
It is a phoenix rising and it resonated so deeply with me, as perfect reflection of this phase. The legend of the phoenix is, that at the end of its life it would build a nest of aromatic branches and set it alight, releasing itself from that life. Then three days later it rebirths by rising from the ashes. The phoenix...
Instead of exercising during pregnancy, I suggest you instead look at it as "moving your body". This is a much more gentle and nurturing approach, rather than feeling like you need to get to the gym and burn calories.
If you have a job that keeps you very active, you might find you don't need to move any more when you get home in the evenings. A 20 minute deep relaxation on the couch might be all you need (remember you are growing a little human!)
If you work at a desk job though, adding in some movement each day is likely going to really support you to be flexible and strong in...
Perineal massage is an important practice in preparing for a vaginal birth because it adds to the suppleness and elasticity of your perineal tissues, the area that your baby will be passing by as he/she moves through your birth path.
It is a good way to get in touch with the area before your birth and you will feel more in control when you are familiar with your vaginal and perineal region.
Studies have shown that dedicating yourself to the practice of perineal massage reduces the risk of tearing, or the need for an episiotomy (which is where they make a a surgical cut at the...
While you're pregnant your posture is important, because it really can help to make a difference in the third trimester for you to help to avoid back strain and also for your baby to help to align your baby into the pelvis in that perfect position to move down and through your birth path.
When you read this word, do you feel thirsty? If you do it is likely that you are already dehydrated and this is important to be aware of if you are pregnant.
Too often we overlook our simple need to drink lots of water and stay well hydrated in pregnancy. The reason we need to keep a closer tab on our fluid intake is not only to keep ourselves hydrated, but also because our amniotic fluid replaces itself 3 times a day!
Amazing isn't it!
So if you want to make sure you are getting enough water to keep your baby happily swimming around in fresh fluid here are some easy ways...