In our fast-moving society, we’re used to filling our calendars and checking off our to-do lists. It’s not often that we slow down enough to listen to our bodies and hearts, asking ourselves what we truly need. The baby growing inside calls us to begin paying attention.
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Begin noticing your urges and intuition now. What comes up? Follow what your body and heart ask for. Eat when you’re hungry, move when you’re stiff, rest when you’re tired, and nourish your body with healthy foods when you’re hungry. Need to cry? Go for it. Notice your feelings — perhaps even keep a journal if you don’t already.
By tapping into your urges and intuition during your pregnancy, you will find it easier to tap into what you need during labor, birth, and eventually parenting. Those interested in learning more may want to read Sister MorningStar’s book The Power of Women, Instinctual Birth Stories, or Birthing From Within by Pam England.
Affirmations are short, powerful statements that can affect your conscious thoughts when said with emotion and intent. Close your eyes, breathe deeply and slowly, and repeat the following to yourself each day throughout the next week. Fill yourself with breath and feel the joy: