The one where we can’t quite believe it. The one where we want constant reassurance that we are indeed pregnant, so we pee on many a stick to see that plus sign, as it’s weeks before we get that first symptom. However, so much goes on in your first trimester that is utterly mind blowing, and you think to yourself how incredible it is that your tiny little embryo has already linked its skull and sacrum with a magnificent spine! Wow.
The first trimester however is, in my opinion, the most tough. No one offers you a seat on the train as no one can s...
So, I have been keeping myself busy since July, getting to grips with a new diploma I am completing, slowly but surely.
It’s all a bit exciting!
Since having my own children and working with women pre-birth, I often find that once their baby has been born, they are just left to it, more often than not confined to four walls inside their homes. Loneliness kicks in, as does self-doubt. It’s not necessarily guidance they need, but more of an understanding of their hormones and what actually happens to their bodies and brains post birth. Even just h...
The birthing programme I teach requires a great understanding of knowing how your brain works to help prepare you for the most positive outcome possible, no matter what path your birthing takes. To put it simply, you have to learn to unlearn what you have already learnt, and this requires practice, repetition and homework. I really cannot stress this enough! You have to be fully committed to wanting to come and see me week after week to get the most out of your antenatal education.
Now, this is a marmite thing. I remember when I was pregnant with my first baby and I was attending hypnobirthing classes, listening to my practitioner Joan Mills talking about the visualisations of a lotus flower during childbirth could allow your body to open more comfortably, and so on. I understood it, but I didn’t take much notice of it. I liked the imagery though. I love flowers but didn’t think the visualisation would help me during labour, so I didn’t practice it throughout pregnancy.