Embracing the true beauty of pregnancy

The first two trimesters of my most recent pregnancy were very revealing.

I was surprised to see how I used the quest for perfection to ‘protect’ myself from being criticised and judged and how perfection was in fact impossible, as well as my tendency to want to control others and what was going on around me to give me the feeling of being ‘safe’.

I found these trimesters to be a time of new beginnings, wiping the slate clean somewhat by letting go of these ways of being, which opened me up to the possibility of embracing more of the womanly quality of stillness that is so readily on offer throughout pregnancy.

So as I headed into my third trimester without this incessant quest for perfection or the overriding drive to control in order to ‘protect’ myself, I was feeling vulnerable. … More Embracing the true beauty of pregnancy

The beauty of pregnancy that is rarely spoken about

There is a beauty that naturally comes with pregnancy, along with the joy of having a child, which is rarely spoken about in our society.

Not only are we growing a new person (or persons) inside, we are also given an opportunity to grow as women while pregnant. Because what most of us are largely unaware of is that pregnancy is a time for us, as women, to experience ourselves more deeply as the delicate, sensitive and nurturing women we naturally are.

So pregnancy can in fact be a time where we can allow a deep change to take place in the way we live as women – a change that is initiated and supported from deep within us. … More The beauty of pregnancy that is rarely spoken about

My Third Trimester of Pregnancy and Giving Birth – Surrendering to Being Vulnerable as a Woman

The first two trimesters of pregnancy for me were a time of new beginnings, with the opportunity to feel what was in the way of me being able to more deeply embrace the womanly quality of stillness I naturally have. I found that during my first trimester my need for perfection was revealed, and after releasing as much of this need as I was able to, I began to see moving into my second trimester of pregnancy that it was about letting go of my need to control others and my environment.

So as I headed into my third trimester without this incessant quest for perfection or the overriding drive to control in order to ‘protect’ myself, what was being uncovered was my natural tenderness in being vulnerable. … More My Third Trimester of Pregnancy and Giving Birth – Surrendering to Being Vulnerable as a Woman

The True Beauty of Pregnancy – Embracing the Stillness of a Woman

Pregnancy is a time of new beginnings and not just because there is a new person growing and developing inside. The true beauty of pregnancy is that it offers the opportunity for a deep change to take place in the way we live as women. A change that is initiated from deep within and supported by all that is offered during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a time for us, as women, to experience ourselves more deeply as the delicate, sensitive and nurturing women we naturally are. … More The True Beauty of Pregnancy – Embracing the Stillness of a Woman

What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Morning Sickness?

Morning sickness affects a large majority of women when they are pregnant. It can easily be said that it is the number one source of discomfort during pregnancy and for good reason. The nausea and vomiting that can occur with morning sickness can be intense. It can interfere with your day-to-day activities, affect your sleep, mean a trip to the hospital (or many!), as well as the untold impact it has on your relationships… and your body! Morning sickness can also affect your mental health.

What some women go through with morning sickness can lead to desperately trying all sorts of ‘cures’ to make it go away … More What Is The Most Effective Treatment For Morning Sickness?

Is Morning Sickness Really Caused By An Increase In Hormones or Is There More To It Than That?

For many women morning sickness is part and parcel of being pregnant. It can range from slight nausea to intense vomiting and everything in between. It can last anywhere from one week to forty weeks. It can stop you dead in your tracks with the degree of nausea and vomiting that can come with it or it can simply just slow you down and ask you to make different choices within your day. For some women it can be so intense that medical attention is needed!

So what really causes morning sickness? … More Is Morning Sickness Really Caused By An Increase In Hormones or Is There More To It Than That?

Very Early Signs of Pregnancy: My Breasts Told Me I Was Pregnant (Twice!)

I have been pregnant twice in my life and both times the first very early sign of these pregnancies came from my breasts.

My First Pregnancy (2007)

In my first pregnancy I knew I was pregnant a few days after conception:

My breasts had grown larger, were more full and were very tender. … More Very Early Signs of Pregnancy: My Breasts Told Me I Was Pregnant (Twice!)

Why self care in labour is the right thing to do

During my first pregnancy in 2007 I prepared to have a ‘natural’, pain medication free birth. I thought that having a ‘natural’ birth would be what was best for my baby and myself.

So when my waters broke at 38 weeks and 4 days we went into the hospital armed with our birth plan that stated all our wishes for a pain medication free labour.

As I wasn’t experiencing any contractions as yet and was only 1cm dilated, we returned home and waited. … More Why self care in labour is the right thing to do