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Our Hypnobirthing Experience – Part 1

Pregnancy Update: 18 Weeks

I have (finally) got round to writing the next pregnancy update. I’m giving myself a high five for the win for getting this done. Have fun reading – and if you have no interest in all things babies and pregnancy I give you permission to skip these! ūüôā

The Bump:

I’ve finally reached 18 weeks! YAYAY!! When we first had our transfer back in August – I was only worried about making it through the 2-week wait let alone wondering what 18 weeks would feel like.¬† Reaching 18 weeks seemed like a lifetime away but we made it finally and I am feeling so much joy! The fear of loss or potential loss has settled into a very quiet thought, that only pops in when I feel a sharp twinge or it is late at night and my mind just won’t settle. These daily fears of not making the next day are (almost) gone – and now replaced with “is she growing the way she should” and “am I doing what I should be – or too much?”. I worry now about her fingernails and reflexes, the development of her eyes and brain and making sure I eat all the right balanced foods (and not too much sugar!). For those just reading along now – we found out about 2-weeks ago we are having a little baby girl!

I felt the first little proper kicks and jabs last week (these feel more like growing pains) but I have since learned that is probably her hand grabbing the uterus and a foot jabbing the hips. Reading other blogs, I thought I would feel more by now Рand have worried that I have not. I know I will find solace in feeling her move daily so I know she is growing and with me.  Thankfully I had an ObGyn appointment just on Friday and everything was fine with the baby I just had to be a little bit more patient. It is amazing how fast the time is going Рand I know that the next 5 moths will keep flying by.

Doing:

All the nesting! I’m getting in early with the nesting bug and have started doing some serious cleanouts and organisation in the house and the nursery. Josh and I have a plan to have the nursery and BIG home project goals done by January/February so we can spend the last of the third trimester relaxing.

I have huge plans that I want to complete before this baby arrives which include: completing the bulk of the interior painting, re-organizing the living room so we have a play space for baby AND the pup’s own area. I do not want the pups to feel like they have been replaced or are being pushed aside. We need to finish little Miss’ room which includes building a Montessori style closet for her.¬†Organise the toy room and sort a proper storage solution for the books & toys, clean out the linen closet and declutter! That’s the main list of things to do at the moment but I am sure I will add to it all.

Bump Appointments:

We have monthly appointments at the moment with the OBGYN which we love. One of the benefits of going with a private clinician (and birthing plan) are the extra scans and attention we have monthly We use this time to discuss worries, growth stats, birthing plans/options and mama’s health. We have our 18-20 week formal scan this coming week which will give us birth length and developmental milestones. We can not wait!

WTF Is Hypnobirthing And Does It *Actually* Work? | HuffPost UK Parents

Now, onto the part that has me TOTALLY excited today!! Our first Hypnobirthing Class. I LOVED our first session and we can not wait for the second. These classes run for 12 hours and cover 4 major concepts – this runs over 2 days. Normally these sessions run back to back in a weekend or consecutive Sundays – due to Josh’s work schedule, we have a 5 week gap between our program days – and I am 100% okay with this!!

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Having this gap in our sessions means I can begin to build my affirmations, practice breathing techniques (which are BASICALLY pilates/yoga breath anyways) and practice my guided meditations. I get a chance to explore a few different options (touch, sound, aromatherapy) before we have to create our own birth map.

Today I walked away from our program with so much more knowledge about how our bodies change and adapt in labor. I can take what I now know and build a yoga / stretch program to facilitate this. Hello sticking to my birth plan.

Today I was given the language I had been looking to for to feel confident in what my body can do naturally in birth – not be at the hand of the medical staff who have no idea about my body!

Today I learned that the past 8 years I have spent working on my body, my mind, my health, my training has PAID OFF. I have developed a whole toolkit that I can transfer into a birth plan that places me 100% in control (as much as I can be). I have learned how to ride the tides of labour – not be at the mercy of it.

Josh is 110% invested in the birthing process and enjoyed today as much as me. Today he learned how to feel helpful, needed and above all INCLUDED in a process that is so about the mother. He and I have worked very hard over the years to establish a communication style that is honest but respectful – but today we practice hands-on strategies that enable him to provide support more than just words. He is now a huge part of this birth plan and organising the things we need to make the birthing suite feel comfortable, we now have a framework to discuss what we feel a “positive” birth experience is for us individually and as a couple, we have a structure to talk about (and mitigate) our fears. I can not RAVE about this course more!! Again, can not wait for part 2 in January!

A HUGE shout out to Carolyn from the Birthing Bella here in Townsville for running the Positive Birth Program. Do recommend this to other mama’s / couples who would like to feel more in control of their labour and birth.

Till next time

xx From our family to yours – Anne & Josh

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