Tuesday, June 28, 2011

26 weeks

26 weeks

It's a funny thing to notice your belly button hole disappear. I'm on my way to getting a little outtie now. I love that look on a pregnant belly.

This weekend we're off to a Calmbirth course in Bowral, which we're really looking forward to. The course has been highly recommended by my yoga teacher, the midwifes at our birthing centre and many others (including blogging mamas like Anna at Rummey Bears). I haven't picked up a birthing book for a while so it will be good to get back into that headspace. K was reading birthing stories to me from the wonderful Ina May book most nights, although we finished the book a few weeks back and haven't really spoken about the birth much since, so I'm glad that we have the opportunity to think about this together again. I can't think of anyone else I'd rather have by my side through this experience.

Ps. I'm loving that the flower man at our market finally has poppies. Bendy stems and creased petals makes this lady very happy.

8 comments:

  1. Pretty poppies...and you've pretty well popped! xx claire

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  2. I bought myself some poppies on the weekend too, they're so pretty, huh! As for Calm Birth, so rapt you're doing it. I can't sing its praises enough. Husband and I did the course as well. I strongly believe it facilitated Lenny's perfectly calm, profoundly peaceful birth. That, the and good luck the universe provided us with. I hope you love it xx

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  3. I love poppies, yours look lovely. As does your baby. :). Hope your feeling well!

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  4. The course sounds like a great idea. Though all three births were completely natural, I only discovered Ina May in my last pregnancy. The idea of not fighting the pain and visualizing made it my calmest and easiest birth by far. Loving your little display there.
    ps- I hope to do a quick tutorial on the burp cloths soon.

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  5. Beautiful poppies to match a beautiful tummy!

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  6. Pop! So fun.

    Bear in mind that calmbirth isn't overly realistic. I have no doubt that you will benefit from it but I think there are many things the course needs to re-evaluate. Some of the breathing techniques they teach are, from a yogic perspective, more encouraging of tension than relaxation. And they don't discuss sound at all, which, from my experience, is an essential part of the 'letting go' of birth.

    My advice, if you want it, would be to not get too caught up in the 'no pain' aspect that they teach. Also, to realise that birth is a primal experience and calm doesn't always mean 'quiet'.

    I'd be more than happy to expand on any of these points for you Claire. Most importantly I would tell you what I tell all my students: keep your throat open, your moth soft, your jaw relaxed and - SURRENDER.

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