As is a regular occurrence, it’s been a while since I’ve last posted. Things have been quite busy. I’m in month 8 of my pregnancy and the tiredness has well and truly hit! Add work into the mix, some medical concerns, and life in lockdown, and it’s been a busy few weeks filled with worry, stress, and online antenatal classes!
In the last few weeks I’ve read:
– Happy Mum, Happy Baby by Giovanna Fletcher
– The Positive Birth Book by Milli Hill
– Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
I’m currently reading:
I started re:reading the Harry Potter books (which I do annually) for the sake of comfort. I’ve also enjoyed listening to the books when pregnant because it’s like I’m sharing the magic of the books with my baby! That may seem ridiculous to you all, but it’s something I’ve been looking forward to – the baby also seems to really enjoy the soothing tones of Stephen Fry!
I’ve been listening to my Hypnobirthing meditations on my app. I’ve had to make a very conscious effort to positively prepare for birth. I’m not too frightened about taking care of the baby, it’s the birthing process and what route it is going to go. I’m using the Gentlebirth App and it’s good enough. I’ve been using this app on and off since I discovered I was pregnant but have been using it solidly in the last few weeks.
I’ve watched some very good shows and films in the last few weeks. We’ve watched Behind Her Eyes, White House Farm, and Your Honor – all of which are really good!
At the moment we’re watching I Know This Much is True on Now TV, The Dog House on Channel 4, and The SU2C Bake Off.
– Warmer weather: The sun’s been out much more here and the temperature has been rising. Ireland in the sun is a really lovely place, and with the promise of longer, brighter days, I’m feeling a bit more optimistic about the summer and just making it through this third, seemingly never-ending, lockdown.
– Feeling more educated. In the last few weeks I’ve attended some antenatal classes – one of which was extremely overwhelming and I spent over 2 hours crying my eyes out whilst watching it! And I’ve also been reading more baby books and attended a Breastfeeding class online. Despite the fact that it’s a lot to take in, I’m feeling more prepared for what’s to come. I know I’ll never be prepared for what’s to come, but there’s a feeling of calm that comes with learning more about it; as the saying goes “Knowledge is Power.”
– Working on the Garden. I’m not doing any of this work. My SO is taking charge of this and I’m really looking forward to being able to sit outside in the garden and relax when the baby comes. Restrictions are unlikely to be lifted here for quite some time – Ireland is really starting to lag behind on it’s progress with keeping Covid-19 under control – so I think that having an outdoor space to chill out in will make the world of difference. There’s lots of plans being drawn up, and we’ve gone looking at tiles for a patio etc, so it will be all systems go soon enough.
– Almost being finished work! I’m planning on finishing up in work at the end of next week. I’m really excited about just being done. There really are no words for the exhaustion I’m feeling with work, despite working from home. I’m looking forward to relieving myself of it.
Working On: Staying calm and promoting the feelings of Oxytocin! I’ve always been into Essential Oils and stopped using them when I found out I was pregnant because I read that a lot of the oils were not suitable for use during pregnancy. However, in recent weeks I’ve been making contact with some professionals and have bought some oils that are safe for use, and that will be suitable for promoting calm and positive vibes during labour and birth.
At one of my antenatal classes I was told by a midwife that they will only let you use things like essential oil diffusers if you’ve been working with qualified professionals beforehand, so I’ve made it my mission to find the right people to help me on this part of the journey. I know that some people find this stuff very “hippy-dippy”, but it is actually important to note that our olfactory sense is actually our most powerful sense. It is the sense that is most strongly linked to memory and I’m hoping that using these oils in the lead up to baby’s arrival will enable me to harness positive emotions and have a positive experience in the labour ward!