Lately I find myself looking forward to my favorite time of day—sitting on the couch with Matt, after a tasty dinner, watching mindless television, and feeling my baby as she wiggles and moves inside me. With each little movement I know she’s growing and getting stronger and I’m reminded about how truly blessed I am to be the one chosen to take care of her during this fragile time in her life. It brings me to tears just thinking about it! Aren’t hormones fun!? I’m sure there will come a time when her gentle bumps turn into painful kicks, but for now, I am really enjoying the reminder of her presence.
This week was full of fun, pre-baby activities. I’ve joined a pre-natal yoga class on Wednesday evenings. I’ve been to two classes now and I find myself really looking forward to it each week. The stretching is amazing, and the strengthening is a real workout and I love the time to really just focus on me and the baby and making both of us healthier.
It’s fun to be in a room with a whole bunch of pregnant ladies! I’m sure that’s not everyone’s idea of fun, but I’m always surprised at how comforted I am to hear 20 other women, at various stages in their pregnancy give brief updates on their life. Where else can you mention hemorrhoids and receive knowing, sympathetic nods from everyone in the room!? None of us really know each other outside of yoga, but there is this unspoken connection that makes us all feel welcome and included. It’s a fantastic part of my week!
Last night was our first HypnoBirthing® class. HypnoBirthing, if you didn’t read my post from two weeks ago, is a series of techniques that can be employed during labor and delivery to help create a pleasant and calm birth experience. Check out the PregTASTIC episode with the founder of HypnoBirthing, Marie Mongan. The class is pretty intense; 2.5 hours every Thursday for 5 weeks, plus 20 minutes of homework each day. I think it will be worth it, though.
The class combines teaching the HypnoBirthing method along with childbirth information in a format that really speaks to the normalcy of childbirth and all of the positive stories that come out of a good birth experience. Last night was the introductory class, so we got to know the two other couples and our instructor, we got a brief history of HypnoBirthing, practiced guided meditation and even got to see HypnoBirthing in action through two very short birth videos.
I think the thing I like most about this class, is that everyone in the class is already very educated about child birth, the mechanics of it, the history of it and the various choices that come with it. Because it’s a very specific type of birthing, the four other people in the class really had to do their research and educate themselves before making the decision to enroll. I’m so happy that we’re not in a generic hospital birth education class talking about contractions and epidurals. I don’t have any experience with those classes, but from what I hear, they tend to create fear rather than take away fear through education.
I’ll keep you updated on the class!