Just breathe.⠀Just breathe.⠀
Through stress or anxiety. Through pain. Through loss. Through love so great it takes the breath from you.
When you are calm and confident you can truly listen to your body. Without fear or concern move the way your baby and body wishes you to.
We are selling everyone, including our children, a fake Valhalla. A place or state that can be achieved if you just try hard enough.
Well, here's the deal. Some days are just going to be rubbish.
You've heard about others taking these classes. You may have perused a book in Waterstones once. You may even have been told about hypnobirthing by your midwife.
But why on earth should you book?
A birth plan (or proposal if you prefer) stops you from going in blind, or at the whim of others. It doesn't need to be set in stone but can act as a learning experience, a guide or a steel beam to your beliefs and hopes around the birth you wish to have.
Pregnant ladies and new mums. Listen up - this is important.
You know that depression lies to you. You know it tells you untruths, half-truths and embellishes fear & worry.
It's funny that we spend so much time talking about the surges. ⠀
As if that is all that will be happening.
It is reported now that 1 in 10 adults has a fear of needles or blood. You do not need to be one of them.
This time is all about growth and you will marvel as your stomach swells..
Do you want to find out the sex of your baby? Because there is a fair chance that your sonographer will be able to tell you at this point. As one rather amusing sonographer said to me once...hamburger or snail?
The term Second Trimester describes the middle part of your pregnancy from months four to six.
Somewhere between 11-13 weeks you will be invited to have a scan of your baby.
The booking in appointment is when your maternity notes and care plan will be filled in and your notes then given to you to bring to further appointments.
Your first positive test. Such excitement. Perhaps you have been waiting for a long time to see this? Perhaps it happened so quickly you are feeling a little overwhelmed? Maybe you weren't even planning for this event so are staring at the stick in disbelief?
Where to give birth - Home, Midwife-led Unit, Obstetric Unit or Barn.
Here is the deal. You can give birth wherever you like…
Parenting is exhausting. And wonderful.
Worrying and uplifting.
The worst of you and equally the very best.
There is no one way to give birth. As you are individual so your labour will be individual.