My diet since motherhood has been incredibly different: much cleaner (which I didn’t realise was possible), mostly grain free, gluten & sugar free, organic, high quality plant based.
My exercise focus and awareness is far stronger, since learning about the importance of pelvic stability during and after pregnancy.
Understanding the role of the gluteal muscles in supporting the pelvic floor has been such a huge difference maker this time. I have not had the common lower back pain this pregnancy that I did last time, which I attribute to keeping strong and more posturally aware in this regard.
I have also been having regular Chiropractic visits with a friend who specialises in Pregnancy care which I know has made a world of difference combined with my weekly Myotherapy or Massage of coarse!
I am soaking up the spiritual side of growing a family… something that means the world to me! Not having my own parents from a young age has given me such a strong value in being the kind of parent that was absent in my own life, which I feel really brings me present to the gift that motherhood is.
This is what 25 weeks pregnant looks like for me right now. I’m excited about all the learning and am looking forward to another home water birth. I have been listening to Calm & Hypno-birthing audio books and feel this has been teaching me a great deal about dealing with and breathing through life in general!
Once again I am reading books loaded with positive birth experiences, helping prepare my mind for the big day.
This time I will be making a tincture from the placenta, rather than encapsulation after delayed cord clamping.
I loved the capsules last time for recovery and energy however, you cannot make capsules from a preserved lotus placenta for health reasons, being my reason for opting for a tincture. I’m happy to know that tinctures last for many years more than capsules, so I cannot wait to use this as medicine again, in a new form.
This time is the lotus birth I always dreamed of with a carefully selected Homebirth Midwife & Doula that support autonomy for physiological birth.
This time, the third stage will be a sacred, unassisted and undisturbed, calm transition into baby’s first breathe and hour of life. I learned so much from the birth of Ella and cannot wait to have her present as we embrace our new love.
So grateful right now!!!