I became interested in the concept of mindful living while doing some deep emotional digging shortly before conceiving for the first time. Before this, I had struggled for years with emotional blockages, stresses, and anxieties without understanding how to identify them, or how to work through them. It wasn't until I received some casual advice from a dear friend who said to me, "pay attention to your body, observe and strengthen your foundation", that I decided to listen and tune in. This was the beginning of my relationship with mindfulness.
Clarity, Presence and Connection
In today's post I want to discuss my journey with Mindful Living, how this conscious state of being directly effects your baby, How to maintain mindfulness for you and your peanut, and what resources you will need!
Before we dig into how Mindful living can help your little babe, let me first explain further what this actually means. How often do we move through the motions of our daily life: the morning commute, our day at work, making dinner...on autopilot? I can remember Multiple drives in to work where I arrive and ask myself...did I stop at any stop signs? As horrible as that sounds...I was so in my head, that the world around me (just flowing by second by second) was non-existent. This is a perfect example of Mind-less-ness. Therefore, Mind-ful-ness requires you to do the opposite: connect with your surroundings and tune in to your thoughts while being present in the moment.
We can also compare presence and connection to an overly reactive state of being (racing thoughts, worrying, anxiousness). Reactive, Overwhelmed and Mindless living has so many implications on our overall health and well being...so is it not fair to ask yourself how are my thoughts and emotions effecting the environment I am creating for my baby? And furthermore, Is it possible that my nervousness, anxieties or racing thoughts and energy can be transferred within the womb?
Now that I am out of the First Trimester, I am finally feeling like myself again...and I`m also in a mental and physical place where I can write and share about my experience.
Throughout the first 14 weeks of pregnancy your body is going through a lot of changes. Hormonal changes, vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by baby needing all the good stuff from you, your uterus is rapidly expanding...basically, your whole body is changing around to make way for your little peanut! Depending on the woman and how her body reacts to these changes, you can experience a whole bunch of fun symptoms: fatigue, Nausea, throwing up, anxiety, constipation...
For me, it was the unbearable Nausea that lasted throughout the day and night, and was intensified by strong smells and foul odors. Typically a woman experiencing nausea will reach her peak of sickness between weeks 6 and 12, but for some women...it will last much longer (even their entire pregnancy). To give you an idea, my nausea started to dissipate around week 14! Here are a few Natural Remedies that helped to ease my symptoms during this time.
Vitamin B6: There was a point in my first trimester where I just wanted to feel better. So I went to my family doctor, in desperation asking for something to help me get through the days. I was thrilled to discover that Vitamin B6 is a great natural option that would help my nausea! I took 3-4 per day, and although it by No means cured my symptoms, it dulled the intensity. Ask for Diclectin!
Soothing Teas: Tea has such a warm, comforting quality to it, and I would highly recommend finding the one that works for you. I normally love Peppermint Tea for its soothing qualities, however during my extreme nausea phase, it only emphasized my upset stomach. Give it a try to see how it feels for you because it is so calming (try cutting the intensity with lemon or honey). The other tea I would suggest is Anise Tea. I found that Anise is also a stronger tasting tea (like Peppermint), but it goes nicely with a bit of almond milk and honey. Anise seed is known to assist with digestive system and stomach upsets, and if you can manage to sip at it slowly, it helps immensely! Finally, try Raspberry Leaf tea, as it has a whole plethora of benefits for pregnant woman (including nausea and morning sickness relief). Raspberry Leaf Tea also helps to strengthen the uterus, contains a rich assortment of vitamins (including B-complex), balances hormones and helps with acne (yes please).
Ginger: Ginger is so great for nausea and upset stomach. I had a hard time stomaching Ginger tea because I found it too spicy and concentrated for my stomach to handle (try it out to see how you handle it), but I did love ginger chews and flat ginger ale! I kept Ginger Chews with me at work, in my purse and in my car. I love the company Chimes who makes delicious ginger chews in all sorts of yummy flavours. I loved the Peanut butter flavoured chews! I also found that Ginger Ale (flat) helped a lot. Ginger Brew would be a healthier choice, but I stuck with regular Ginger Ale, and felt that it really helped my Nausea!
Although you may get to a point where you feel like nothing is going to help you, try to remain as calm as possible, be gentle and forgiving with your body, and take it one day at a time. Experiment with what works for you, because no pregnancy is the same. Give yourself permission to stay in bed when you need it, and get outside for some fresh or do a gentle yoga class when your body feels restless. I hope that this short post will (at the very least) help you to understand that you are not alone, what you are going through will pass, and that there are options to try!
Sooth, Calm, Rest and Be Gentle
Hi! My name is Amber, I am a wife and mother to Piper June. Welcome to my blog. You will find my path towards natural health and wellness as well as my honest discoveries as a new mother. In all aspects of life, I strive to cultivate Balance through a mindful existence. I share my experiences as a mother, helpful product reviews and companies that I am passionate about for our family. I am so grateful for your visit xo