I am inspired and excited about this new year! So much to look forward to…
A Summary of My First Pregnancy:
During my first pregnancy, I was completely engrossed – obsessed – with home birth.
I devoured information and took the preparation process pretty seriously.
Visits with my midwife were always the highlight of my month, and reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth was truly inspiring, solidifying my growing passion.
Along the way I worked as a receptionist at my mom’s hair salon. I walked to and from work every day, (about a mile) and received prenatal massages every two weeks.
Eric and I took an independent childbirth education class taught by the doula we hired…
And that was the bulk of how I spent my first pregnancy.
Things I Want to Do This Time Around:
There is so much I want to do during this pregnancy that I didn’t do last time!
I want to take a prenatal yoga class, I want to swim, I want to get a belly cast and a henna design on my belly. I want to have a blessingway rather than a baby shower.
I’ve started a pregnancy journal, which I didn’t do last time, and have already taken more pictures of my early growing belly than before.
I also have many more mom friends. Probably because I was 23 and not many of my friends had babies yet! Now I have a strong network, offline and online with the Bring Birth Home community on Facebook!
Sometimes I stop and wonder why I didn’t do these things with Ella. Honestly, I didn’t even think about it. I felt like getting ready for birth – learning about birth and gaining an understanding about my own personal power was enough (it was a lot actually).
I’m 14 weeks today. What an exciting time ahead. I have so much to look forward to!
Thanks for reading! My first prenatal appointment with our with midwife we so love is Thursday. Can’t wait to update/take photos to share!
Have you read Pregnancy Update #3?