Baby Bumps and Blessings
The Making of A Mindful Maternity
39 weeks! So close! I feel like a I do when I am all ready for Christmas morning and I can’t wait to open the presents and enjoy all the excitement.
I’ve got all my baby stuff ready! We’ve made major organizational moves in the house, even putting up shelves in our garage and making things more organized and accessible. The baby clothes are washed and put away, I have a trash can for my cloth diapers, I have food for after the birth, I’ve cleaned up my breast pump accessories, I’ve almost finished my belly cast, and lots more. All the tasks are done!
Mentally there are times when I feel ready, confident and excited about giving birth and other times when I feel nervous and scared. My doula encouraged me not to try and squash out those times of nervousness, but to consider that most negative thoughts last about 90 seconds, so just to say to myself, “Right now I am nervous about labor and I am going to take a few deep breaths and in about 90 seconds this feeling will pass.”
I’ve been walking daily, doing some stretches, practicing my deep breathing, visualizing a positive experience and saying calming affirmations. I’ve felt kind of lazy, enjoyed naps, reading, and television (I’ve watched the entire first season of Friday Night Lights on Netflix) and I haven’t done much work on Mindful Makeover in my free time like I normally do. My energy levels have been lower than normal, perhaps storing up for the busy time ahead.
We’re all anxious to meet the baby and at the same time trying to keep our normal routine. I hope you have a great labor day and who knows maybe it will be an actual labor day for me!