25 Weeks Pregnant

Baby Bumps and Blessings

The Making of a Mindful Maternity

Here I am, 25 weeks pregnant, right now it seems like it is going by fast and there is still much to decide, like what will the baby’s name be?  Baby #2 probably isn’t going to work!  As well as, the need to clean out the house and make some room in for another person.  But I’m working on both of those a little each week, so as I like to say small changes equals big results, so I’m sure we’ll be ready!

At 25 weeks the baby is about 13.5 inches and 1.5 pounds.  This week I went to the doctor and did the glucose screening test and listened to the baby’s heart beat.  My blood pressure was pretty low which I was thinking maybe relates to my relaxation exercises.  I’ve been taking 10-20 minutes every day to do either deep breathing or a progressive relaxation exercise.  I also focus on positive thoughts like this healthy baby comes out easily and quickly.   These short practices have made me feel much more calm and relaxed.   I’ve walked daily, done yoga 3 times, and even played a little badminton (though I have to be careful of jumping around too much).  I”ve also started drinking chlorophyll to help increase my red blood cells to prepare for birth, it is green, but it just tastes like water.

I’m still reading my birthing books and craving quiet time.  It has been a good week and my parents are in town so I’m looking forward to a nice family weekend.

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Live Well,

Laura

Personal Decision Making

Time in Nature Might Help with Personal Decision Making

Baby Bumps and Blessings

The Making of A Mindful Maternity

How do you shut out the world and make the right decision for yourself and your family?  When you are dealing with childbirth everyone has an opinion (and usually a strong one).  Doctor or midwife?  Hospital or home?  Breast or bottle?  Vaccinations? Pediatrician?

Lately, I”ve felt that the information age is as much a curse as a blessing.  I can read different opinions on blogs, I can watch tv shows, I can read books, I can talk with friends and families, I can gather opinions via social media, I can stream a video, etc….But when it comes down to it, I have to make the decision that I am most comfortable with and how do I do that with all the noise?  How can I be sure that my decision is really my own and not being influenced by outside influences?  I’ve been trying to be quiet with the process and tune into what I really want and not talk so much.  However, I am finding it hard to sort out my own mind admid all the stuff I’ve read, seen, and heard.

I started writing this post at the end of last week when I felt very overwhelmed by a big decisions I’m trying to make.  It was also a busy week with my husband graduating from nursing school (yea!!!! ) and the end of my semester.  This weekend our family went camping for two nights.  We played, relaxed, ate s’mores and just got away from it all!!!! Today I feel much calmer, re focused and like I can make some decisions for myself.  Taking time away from all the noise has helped me feel like I can use the tools available to gather information and make an informed decision.  Stay tuned for the result!

** I’m linking this post to the Bona Fide Life

 

Live Well,

Laura